We believe that, wherever you are in the world, having independent, clear and accurate information is vital in the fight against HIV and AIDS. It enables individuals and communities affected by HIV to protect themselves, care for others, advocate for better services and challenge stigma and discrimination. We produce useful information that you can trust, and make sure it is there for anyone who needs it.
- We change lives with knowledge.
- We keep the world informed about HIV and AIDS.
- We support individuals affected by HIV to understand their health and their options.
- We share best practice and the latest evidence base globally.
- We build capacity.
- We debunk myths.
- We respond to the changing epidemic.
Our mission statement hangs in our office and is a constant reminder of what we're about:
These core values are at the heart of NAM’s work. They underpin everything we do and how and why we do it. We have built our reputation on these values and they are the reason we are such a trusted source of high-quality information on HIV.
Our goal is to support people living with HIV to live longer, healthier lives. At NAM we believe information enhances life and enables people to:
- Take control of their lives and health care
- Understand and adhere to their HIV treatment
- Develop better dialogues with their healthcare staff
- Live longer, healthier and better quality lives.
Information enables professionals to:
- Deliver the best services for people with HIV
- Offer the most effective support for people living with HIV.
To deliver our work effectively we have to be useful, reliable and responsive.
We make sure every resource we produce reflects these values.
These values are embedded into our individual and team approach to working at NAM.
NAM has grown, evolved and developed over the years in response to the changing epidemic, and the changing needs of people living with and working in HIV. The one thing that hasn’t changed is our values, these have remained the same since NAM was founded in 1987 and will continue to be at the heart of NAM’s work now and in the future.
Our annual reports
See how NAM has developed over the last few years by taking a look through our annual trustees' reports and audited accounts. Our board of trustees are volunteers with a valuable mix of skills and experience. You can find out more about our current board of trustees here.
If you have any questions, or are interested in getting involved, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 3727 0123.
In the first episode of our new three-part series for women living with HIV, NAM's Susan Cole talks to four women about emotional wellbeing and COVID-19: Fungai Murau, Jo Josh, Charity Nyirenda and Dr Vanessa Apea.
You can watch our first episode below and on YouTube and the next two episodes will be out later in the year.
One of our current projects at NAM is aidsmapLIVE, a series of live panel discussions that we organise and host, and broadcast on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We've held six aidsmapLIVE discussions so far. The most recent one covered the biggest news stories to come out of the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020).
Thank you to all our panel members, studio audiences, and everyone who watches online and takes part in these discussions. We will be hosting further aidsmapLIVE events this year – please do join us for these.
From March to May this year we broadcast aidsmapCHAT, a series of live, weekly discussions on news and updates on COVID-19 from around the world for people living with HIV. Guests included Dr Meg Doherty, Director of Global HIV, Hepatitis, STI Programmes at the World Health Organization; Anton Pozniak, President of the International AIDS Society; Bruce Richman, Founding Executive Director of the Prevention Access Campaign and U=U campaign; Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health Regional Director for London; writer and activist Mark S King; and Shannon Hader, Deputy Executive Director of Programme at UNAIDS. We were also joined by a number of HIV activists from around the world.
As we develop as an organisation we are eager to empower a new generation of writers and communicators. We look to increase the size and diversity of NAM’s editorial team, to better reflect those communities with the highest HIV prevalence.
The Emerging Voices programme has been developed to ensure new writers are given opportunities to develop their skills in a professional and supportive environment, enabling them to gain experience and access employment opportunities within the fields of journalism, public health or scientific reporting. Successful candidates will help NAM's staff to write, update and edit information and articles on aidsmap, including news articles, email bulletins, factsheets and other web pages.
You can read about our current Emerging Voices writers on our Who we are page.
Maintaining high standards
We are committed to ensuring the information we produce is:
- Clearly communicated
- Up to date
- Rooted in the experiences of those most affected by HIV.
User feedback and review panels help NAM evaluate its publications. Our resources are better as a result of this, which means people can continue to use NAM and aidsmap.com as a trusted source of useful information about HIV and AIDS.
We keep a record of feedback we receive and incorporate any suggestions into the ongoing development of our resources. The collection of these ideas and suggestions helps us focus on specific things, but also gives us a good sense of the trends or themes emerging. When requests build up around a similar theme or topic it helps NAM identify gaps in information.
We work with medical review panels who review our resources to ensure our standards are being met.
People with HIV are able to contribute their expertise and share their experiences by being part of our peer review panel. Members of this panel provide us with comments on our patient information booklets and other resources for people with HIV.
Your feedback and input really does make a difference. If you would like to comment on any of NAM’s resources please contact us.
- inaccuracies or errors, ideally with a link to what has been spotted
- positive and/or constructive feedback about what is effective, valuable and useful about specific publications
- additional information that would be useful for revising work, e.g. comments on pitch, tone, language level
- general comments or observations, e.g. emerging themes that might suggest a new/changed information need, how people use resources, context
- requests for help or additional information
- any other comments.