Who we are

We are one of the world’s leading sources of independent, accurate and reliable information on HIV and AIDS.

Our team

We are a small team of eight staff members and several freelance consultants, with a broad range of skills, expertise and experience.

We are committed to bringing clear and accurate information on HIV and AIDS to those who need it and are passionate about listening to the people who use our materials to ensure they continue to be relevant, accessible and useful.

Please feel free to contact us if you have a query or would like any further information.

Core team

Matthew Hodson Executive Director

Roger Pebody Managing Editor

Amelia Jones Websites & Digital Content Manager

Susan Cole Head of Community & Institution Engagement

Beth Tunnicliffe Head of Design

Jeremy Cohen Business Manager

Laura Jardine Fundraising and Development Manager

Laura Ohlmeier HIV Information Editor

Freelance consultants

Keith Alcorn

Gus Cairns

Liz Highleyman

Tom Paterson Web Developer

Sylvie Beaumont

Greta Hughson

Carole Leach-Lemens

Krishen Samuel

Alain Volny-Anne

Bakita Kasadha

Mariah Wilberg

Rosalie Hayes

Laura López González

Edith Magak

Andy Carstens

Dr Dana Rosenfeld

Our translation partners include gTt (Grupo de Trabajo sobre Tratamientos del VIH, Spanish), GAT (Grupo de Ativistas em Tratamentos, Portuguese), LILA (Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro l'Aids, Italian), Stanislav Kazikin (Russian) and Sylvie Beaumont (French).

Our Emerging Voices

Our Emerging Voices programme gives new writers 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. Our Emerging Voices write, update and edit information and articles on aidsmap, including news articles, email bulletins, factsheets and other web pages while receiving coaching and support from aidsmap's editors.

Our current Emerging Voices are listed below.

Oğuzhan Nuh

Bobby Ramakant

Shobha Shukla

Paul Clift

Mercy Shibemba

Felicia Bamgbose

José Carlos Mejía Asserias

Alasdair Sinclair

Florence Riako Anam

Zekerie Redzheb

Beau Newham

Our trustees

aidsmap is one of the world’s foremost providers of information on HIV and AIDS. Our information is aimed at two main audiences: people living with HIV; and professionals working in the field such as doctors, other healthcare workers, community advocates and HIV organisation staff and volunteers.

aidsmap’s trustees play a crucial role in advancing the charity’s purposes, overseeing the organisation’s strategic direction and protecting its assets and interests.

aidsmap's board of trustees uses its wide range of experience, specialisms and interests to provide strategic leadership for the charity. The board includes individuals living with HIV and several trustees have considerable experience within the sector. The trustees intend that the board should collectively provide a mix of skills, experience, qualities and knowledge to enable aidsmap to respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities faced by the organisation and, in line with aidsmap's mission, to ensure the organisation remains rooted in the experience of those most affected by HIV and AIDS. The trustees receive no remuneration for their work with aidsmap.

Tom Abell Chair

Brian Cooper Vice Chair

Julia Reidy Treasurer

Dr Sanjay Bhagani

Shea Coffey

Mark Lewis

Julianne Lwanga

Iwan Roberts

Jason Schroen

Our website models

We are so grateful to our volunteer website models, who are all living with HIV, for giving up their time to attend our photoshoots, as well as our photographers Mareike Günsche, Rhiannon Neale and Domizia Salusest.

Read about our latest photoshoot, held in May 2023, in our blog post and find out more about our models below.

Angelina Namiba

Charity Nyirenda

Christope Mondain

Eli Fitzgerald

Emily Cawston

Emma Cole

Emma McAnally

Enitan Adeniyi Bello

Harun Tulunay

Jide Macaulay

Jo Josh

José Carlos Mejía Asserias

Kieran Yates

Martin (Tini) Burns

Maurice Greenham

Nathan Bell

Paul Clift

Paul Collier

Prashant Dodia

Rich Watkins

Rob Hammond

Sara Litchfield-Pratt

Stephen Hart

Tresca Wilson

Victoria Cordoba

Our funders

aidsmap works hard to make sure it receives its income from a wide range of sources so it does not rely too heavily on any one funder. This includes individuals, trusts and foundations, companies, international agencies and government. This means we can be confident that our future will not be jeopardised by a funder unexpectedly withdrawing its support. It also affords us a great deal of scope to respond to needs rapidly as they arise or to undertake projects that could otherwise be restricted. But most importantly, it allows us to remain wholly independent and means that you can be confident that the information we produce will always be impartial, accurate and reliable.

For the same reason, we don’t accept any paid advertising on aidsmap.com or in any of aidsmap’s printed information materials. aidsmap receives no sponsorship for editorial content we provide about commercially available medical, scientific or other goods or services.

We are fortunate to receive some funds from the pharmaceutical industry, which has been generous in supporting community-based HIV treatment information work. Their support is long-standing and has provided security in a rapidly changing funding environment. However, we have strict funding guidelines in place to ensure the independence and impartiality of all our information. There is no question of their being able to interfere with our editorial stance or influence us in any other way that undermines our independence. The pharmaceutical companies understand and honour our position on this.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our donors, past and present, for their support. It is your commitment and generosity that underpins everything we achieve for people affected by HIV.

Download aidsmap's funding guidelines.

Donor

Work supported in 2021/2022

Charitable trusts & foundations

Wandsworth Oasis

aidsmapCHAT

National Lottery Awards for All

lottery

 

HIV and Healthy Living

Living Well With HIV

 

The Mercury Phoenix Trust aidsmap news and HIV update email bulletins
James Tudor Foundation aidsmapLIVE

UK statutory funders

 
Fast-Track Cities Improvement Fund

Positive Champions project (with Africa Advocacy Foundation): focusing on early diagnosis and testing in black African communities in south-east London.

The GROWS project, women living with HIV Growing Older, Wiser and Stronger (with Sophia Forum, Positively UK and UCL): supporting women with their health, wellbeing and social care needs.

Fast-Track Cities Initiative

Tackling HIV Stigma: Empowerment Programme

Partnership with 4M Mentor Mothers Network
Public Health England 'Tell me about it' project: podcast series sharing HIV and sexual and reproductive health information.

Conference organisers

European AIDS Clinical Society News coverage from the 18th European AIDS Conference (EACS 2021).

Non-governmental organisations

International AIDS Society IAS 2021 Knowledge Toolkit
Terrence Higgins Trust National HIV Prevention Programme

Pharmaceutical companies

Gilead Sciences

2021 news, bulletins and social media, and conference coverage

2022 news, bulletins and social media, and conference coverage

aidsmapLIVE and aidsmapWOMEN

infohep.org

HIV Lens

Inform, Equip, Empower: knowledge for longer, healthier and happier lives

Janssen-Cilag

Core funding to provide independent, clear and accurate information on HIV treatment and prevention to people living with and affected by HIV all over the world; to make sure people living with and affected by HIV have the reliable information and empowered representation that can guide them to better health choices.

MSD

PrEP and Prevention

Emerging Voices in Scientific Reporting programme

Positive Fitness – an online fitness class for people living with HIV, to get and stay active.

ViiV Healthcare

Family Matters project: short video series sharing the latest thinking on HIV and conception, pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal care.

2021 and 2022 - 'Changing Lives' project (includes PrEP and Prevention, aidsmapLIVE, Emerging Voices, EUROBulletin and conference coverage; and COVID-19 vaccine resources).

Core funding from ViiV UK to deliver a range of up to date, useful and reliable HIV treatment and prevention information resources; for empowered, longer and healthier lives for people living with HIV.

ViiV Prevention Fund - increasing awareness of, and access to, biomedical prevention technologies.

Theratechnologies aidsmapCHAT
Corporate funders
Lloyds Pharmacy aidsmapCHAT

Our partners

aidsmap has a long tradition of working with a variety of other HIV organisations to respond to emerging challenges, expand our reach, and strengthen HIV information provision. We recognise that working together and sharing skills, experience and expertise means we can all use our resources effectively to better support people with HIV.

Current partnerships include:

European AIDS Clinical Society

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

International AIDS Society

Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+)

Grupo Português de Activistas sobre Tratamentos de VIH/SIDA (GAT, Portugal) 

Grupo de Trabajo sobre Tratamientos del VIH (gTt, Spain)

Hepatitis C Trust

HIV Justice Worldwide

Terrence Higgins Trust

UNAIDS

The British HIV Association

World Hepatitis Alliance

We have also worked with, amongst others, the National AIDS Trust, the UK Government's Department for International Development, the World Health OrganizationLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Boston University Department of Family Medicine.

aidsmap works with a range of community-based organisations in other countries to make our materials available in other languages, including GAT; gTt; Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe (German); the Czech AIDS Help Society (Czech); Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro l'Aids (Italian); and Pozitif Yaşam Derneği (Turkish).

If you can help us translate our materials into other languages, we would love to hear from you.

aidsmap is not a grant-giving organisation and we regret we are unable to offer funding to other organisations.

Our vacancies

We are not currently recruiting for any positions at aidsmap, but do keep checking these pages as we advertise all our vacancies here.

We are a dynamic and energetic organisation, which achieves a great deal with a small but highly focused and professional team. We are professional, yet informal and friendly, with a good level of autonomy within roles. We work in a rapidly changing environment, we listen to the views of users in order to ensure we are responsive to need and maximise opportunities as they arise.

Our review panels

Medical review panel

We work with a wide range of healthcare professionals to ensure our information materials are accurate and up to date. Here are just some of the people who have helped us with our materials over the years.

Professor Jane Anderson, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Tristan Barber, Consultant HIV Medicine, Ian Charleson Day Centre, Royal Free Hospital

Dr Laura Benjamin, Clinical Lecturer in Neurology, University College London

Dr Marta Boffito, Consultant Physician/Reader, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College, London

Professor Mark Bower, Consultant Medical Oncologist,  Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Darren Brown, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Fiona Burns, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Honorary Consultant Physician and Clinical Lead for HIV, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Pepe Catalan, Psychiatrist, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Ian Cormack, Consultant GUM Physician, Croydon University Hospital

Jodie Crossman, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Alessia Dalla Pria, Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

Shema Doshi, Principal pharmacist sexual health, Caldecot Centre, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Ceri Evans, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Sarah Fidler, Consultant Physician in HIV and GUM, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Stuart Flanagan, Clinical Research Fellow, Viral Hepatitis and HIV Medicine, Queen Mary University London

Dr Stuart Gibson, Barts Health NHS Trust

Susanna Gilmour-White, Specialist pharmacist, Caldecot Centre, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Tristan Griffiths, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Nadi Gupta, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Rachael Jones, Lead clinician, 10 Hammersmith Broadway, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Saye Khoo, Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases, Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Dr Ranjababu Kulasegaram, Consultant Physician in HIV/GU Medicine, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Charles Lacey, Honorary Consultant Physician, GU/HIV Medicine, York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

Dr Fiona Lampe, University College London

Dr Tom Levett, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Hermione Lyall, Consultant Paediatrician, St Mary's Hospital

Dr Nicola Mackie, Consultant in HIV/GUM, St Mary's Hospital

Dr Paddy Mallon, College Lecturer/Consultant (Infectious Diseases), Mater Hospital, Dublin 

Martin Murchie, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Dr Silvia Montoto, Consultant in Haematology Oncology, Barts Health NHS Trust

Dr Nneka Nwokolo, Consultant Physician in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

Zoe Rice, Dietitian, The Food Chain

Dr Frank Post, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Celesta Riddles, Directorate pharmacist – HIV services, Ealing Hospital

Dr Damien Ridge, University of Westminster

Dr Iain Reeves, Consultant Physician in Sexual Health and HIV, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Dana Rosenfeld, Keele University

Professor Caroline Sabin, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, University College London

Silma Shah, Highly specialist pharmacist – HIV/GUM, Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Shema Tariq, Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow (UCL) & Honorary Consultant HIV Physician (Mortimer Market Centre)

Dr Jonathan Underwood, Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine Specialty Registrar, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Andrew Ustianowski, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Jaime Vera, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Karen Walker-Bone, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Arthritis Research UK/MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, Southampton General Hospital NHS FT

Dr Chris Ward, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Shaun Watson, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Rosy Weston, Senior lead pharmacist for sexual health and HIV, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Professor Alan Winston, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Mike Youle, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Peer review panel

We work with people living with HIV and other HIV organisations who contribute their expertise and share their experiences when reviewing our patient information resources. Some of these people are:

Chris Birch

Clive Blowes, Terrence Higgins Trust

Garry Brough, Positively UK

Ben Cromarty, North Yorkshire AIDS Action

Jeremy

Robert James

Jo Josh, UK-CAB

Alastair Hudson, FPA

Bakita Kasadha

Christabel Kunda, NAZ

Belina Loftus, Spectrum Community Health

Irina Lut, FPA

Vincent Manning, Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support

Jose Carlos Mejia, METRO

Niamh Miller

Angelina Namiba, Associate, Salamander Trust

Juddy Otti, Africa Advocacy Foundation

Mel Rattue, CEO Positively Mindful CIC

Chris Sandford, Bloomsbury Patient Network

Alex Sparrowhawk

Sophie Strachan

Aedan Wolton, TransPlus

Our history

NAM (now known as aidsmap) was founded by Peter Scott in 1987. Peter was working at the heart of the community affected by HIV – at the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard. At that time there was extensive misinformation about HIV and AIDS, much of it confused and homophobic.

NAM-file

Peter and a group of committed volunteers set about creating a source of calm, authoritative and trustworthy information on which those living with HIV in the UK could rely. Thus, the National AIDS Manual (or NAM) was born.

As these pictures show, when the charity was founded, the 'Manual' was a huge ring binder containing the available information on HIV and AIDS. Produced at a time when there was lots of hysteria and little reliable information, it was an important, evidence-based, reference point for professionals as well as people diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

We were one of the first organisations to produce accurate information on HIV and we quickly became the UK’s primary source of HIV information.

NAM 2

Since then, aidsmap’s users have grown and diversified within the UK and worldwide, and our resources have developed and evolved over the years to reflect the changing epidemic, developments in treatment and care and the changing information needs of people living with and working in HIV all over the world. Peter Scott's vision has been central to the development of aidsmap.

We now have a huge range of HIV information resources, including digital and print written information, videos, podcasts and live broadcasts. By providing information on a wide range of platforms, in different languages, we are able to reach larger and broader audiences globally.

Although those weighty ringbinders are now tucked away in the aidsmap archive, the Manuals are an important part of our charity's history. The 'essence' of this approach to delivering HIV and AIDS information is reflected through our day-to-day work, providing calm, reliable, authoritative, independent information to anyone who needs it.