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.
Matthew Hodson Executive Director
Matthew Hodson Executive Director
Matthew joined NAM in 2016 as Executive Director. He is responsible for leading the organisation and ensuring it is effective in realising its mission. He works closely with the charity's trustees to shape NAM's strategic goals and oversee their implementation. He is also responsible for making sure NAM has the resources necessary to enable it to achieve its objectives. Previously Matthew was Chief Executive at GMFA, the gay men’s health charity. In 2017 Matthew was named overall winner of the Social CEO awards and in 2020 he was on the Pride Power List of the most influential LGBTQI people in the UK and won Best Twitter at the WEGO Health Awards. Twitter: @matthew_hodson
Roger Pebody Managing Editor
Roger Pebody Managing Editor
Roger joined NAM in 2008 as an Editor and became Managing Editor in 2018. He is responsible for co-ordinating the editorial content of aidsmap.com, including news coverage and patient information materials. His involvement in HIV work began at Gay Men Fighting AIDS in the mid-1990s. Twitter: @RogerPebody
Amelia Jones Website Editorial Manager
Amelia Jones Website Editorial Manager
Amelia joined NAM in July 2015 as Web Editor Intern and became Website Editor in 2016 then Website Editorial Manager in 2018. Her role involves managing the web content for aidsmap.com, email bulletins and production process for NAM’s resources. She also works on the delivery of news reporting, bulletins and translations from conferences.
Susan Cole Community Engagement, Marketing and Membership Manager
Susan Cole Community Engagement, Marketing and Membership Manager
Susan joined NAM in 2018. She leads our community engagement and broadcasting activities, including producing and hosting our award-winning series aidsmapLIVE. She helps empower people from diverse communities living with HIV with NAM's accurate and accessible information. She is also responsible for managing NAM's Patient Information Subscription Scheme. She has advocated for people with HIV for two decades through activism, writing and public speaking. She was awarded 'Woman of the Year' at the last NAZ nOSCARS ceremony for her work with people of colour with HIV and has been named as one of the top Black HIV activists in the UK. Twitter: @susancolehaley
Beth Tunnicliffe Head of Design
Jeremy Cohen Business Manager
Jeremy Cohen Business Manager
Jeremy joined NAM in September 1998. He manages NAM’s internal systems including finance, IT and premises. Jeremy’s role is to make sure that the office runs smoothly and efficiently. Jeremy has recently conducted a major review exercise of all our income and expenditure to help inform our strategy planning cycle.
Laura Jardine Fundraising and Development Manager
Laura Jardine Fundraising and Development Manager
Laura joined NAM in January 2023. She is responsible for securing and building income from new and existing donors and works with pharmaceutical companies, grant-making trusts and individual supporters. She is also establishing additional opportunities for funding and supports NAM’s activities by identifying and developing suitable sources of income.
Mitch Price Marketing and Communications Manager
Mitch Price Marketing and Communications Manager
Mitch joined NAM in 2023. He is responsible for communicating and increasing the reach of NAM’s information services, managing NAM’s relationships with mainstream and specialised media, and managing NAM's social media and the NAM brand across all communication channels.
Tom Paterson Web Developer
Tom Paterson Web Developer
Tom has worked with NAM since 2002. He is responsible for developing our websites and digital products, including aidsmap.com, infohep.org, and prepineurope.org. He also works with partner organisations to support and enhance their digital capacity.
Carole is an editor and writer with over 25 years’ experience in the field of HIV/AIDS at the planning, management and direct service levels with experience in sub-Saharan Africa and a specialism in maternal and child health. She has consulted for Comic Relief, John Snow Inc., UNICEF and other organisations. Carole holds a Master of Public Health and has been writing news for aidsmap since 2009.
Krishen is working on his PhD in Public Health in the US. He is originally from South Africa and obtained a Master's degree in Global Public Health and Policy in London. Krishen is passionate about advocating for the inclusion and equality of people living with HIV globally. He is particularly focused on the social determinants of health in relation to HIV. Twitter: @krishensamuel
Alain has been an HIV/AIDS treatment activist since the 1990s. He contributed to the creation of the French Community Advisory Board, has developed treatment counselling programmes for members of key populations, and represented the community on expert committees, advisory boards and conference committees in France and internationally. He is a member of the European Community Advisory Board, also writes for Sidaction and is a scientific translator.
Bakita is an NIHR Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. She previously worked on the HIV and infant study Nourish-UK led by the University of Oxford. Bakita is also a poet. She uses creative methods in health research and as a tool for advocacy. She first joined our Emerging Voices programme in 2019. Twitter: @Bakitakk
Mariah is a nationally recognised, award-winning writer, motivational speaker, and public health professional from the United States. Motivated by her lived experience with HIV and incarceration, she is passionate about bridging the gap between systems and those they serve through accessible education, research, governance, and policy and decision-making. Mariah’s current role focuses on increasing awareness of Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) in the US. Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/mariahwilberg/
Rosalie is a Research Assistant for the SHARE Collaborative based at Queen Mary University of London. Her current research is exploring the delivery of long-acting injectable HIV treatment, the experiences of healthcare workers and different communities during the 2022 MPOX outbreak, and optimal methods for community engagement. Rosalie previously worked as Senior Policy & Campaigns Officer at the National AIDS Trust, and is a strong believer in producing research that is useful for advocacy and activism. Rosalie first joined our Emerging Voices programme in 2020. Twitter: @rahayes92
Laura López González
Laura is an award-winning independent journalist who has covered HIV in sub-Saharan Africa for nearly 20 years. She has headed up more than half of South Africa's health news services. Previously, her research on global health financing for the Open Society Foundations helped shape processes at the Global Fund. Laura’s work often focuses on inequality and access to medicines. Twitter: @LLopezGonzalez
Edith is a writer and journalist. Through her writings, she advocates for women, people with HIV, and other minoritised groups. Coming from the highest HIV prevalent community in Kenya, she is passionate about equitable access to HIV testing, prevention, and treatment in marginalised populations. Edith first joined our Emerging Voices programme in 2021. Twitter: @oedithknight
Andy is a freelance science journalist based in Denver in the United States with a master’s in science writing from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his work at aidsmap.com, Andy’s writing has appeared at The Scientist, Audubon, Slate, and Them. Andy first joined our Emerging Voices programme in 2021. Twitter: @Andy_Carstens
Dr Dana Rosenfeld
Dana Rosenfeld, PhD, is a medical sociologist and social gerontologist specialising in ageing and the life course and in the lived experience of chronic illness. She has published widely on LGBTQ ageing and on ageing with HIV. She was Principal Investigator on the HIV and Later Life project, funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.
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 (Ozla) is a queer HIV activist and health services researcher from Turkey. As an openly gay man living with HIV, he works with and supports people from marginalised communities and those living with or affected by HIV. He holds an MSc in Health Sciences from the University of Luzern in Switzerland. Ozla is also a Youth Ambassador and an Advocacy for Cure fellow for the International AIDS Society. Instagram: @ozlanuh
Bobby is part of Citizen News Service (CNS), a citizen journalism initiative focused on health and science. He writes on HIV prevention research, TB science, HIV and TB related issues, non-communicable diseases and other related issues. He has a BSc from Lucknow University (India), dropped out from Master of Journalism and Mass Communications course, and completed a certificate course from the Academy of Literary Arts and Publishing (Singapore) in editing. He was earlier part of SEA-AIDS and Stop-TB eForum moderation teams and was Key Correspondent with Health and Development Networks (HDN) till 2008. Twitter: @bobbyramakant
Shobha is the founding Managing Editor at Citizen News Service (CNS), a citizen journalism initiative focused on health and science, and Coordinator of APCAT Media (Asia Pacific Media Network to end TB & tobacco and prevent NCDs). She has written extensively on HIV, TB (including HIV and TB science), non-communicable diseases, ageing, and gender among other issues. She did her Masters in statistics at Lucknow University in India and certificate course in copy and structural editing from the Academy of Literacy Arts and Publishing in Singapore. She received IAS 2019 HIV Science Journalism Fellowship, HIV Prevention Research Journalism Fellowship 2018, and the AIDS Society of India’s Presidential Award 2019. Twitter: @shobha1shukla
Paul has been an activist in HIV since the early 1990s. He has represented the community on many boards and committees with the British HIV Association and NHS England. He is an advisory board member of several research projects related to HIV and also to LGBT experiences of illness and bereavement. He is a long-standing member of the UK Community Advisory Board and an active member of the European AIDS Treatment Group.
Mercy is an award-winning activist and advocate for children and young people living with HIV. Sharing her story of growing up with HIV to educate, challenge and inspire. She works on youth engagement and participation across clinical trials, research and charities that support young people. She is also the Chair of The Social Innovation Partnership. Twitter: @mercyshibemba
Felicia is a medical doctor working in East London with a special interest in HIV and Sexual Health. She has worked in Clinical Research for HIV prevention and volunteered with organisations like Africa Advocacy and Positive East to improve HIV knowledge and testing. Her particular focus is around trying to reduce the stigma associated with HIV through better education.
José Carlos Mejía Asserias
José is a researcher, facilitator and project manager working in HIV and mental health in London. His practice centres on peer support, lived experience and community development. Alongside public bodies and community organisations, José has developed and implemented projects with migrants, LGBT and indigenous communities in the UK, Brazil and Colombia. José has degrees in communication studies and innovation management. Twitter: @aliasCHEPE
Alasdair qualified from medical school in 2015. Having spent time working in Australia, Uganda and Tanzania, he is now working as an Internal Medicine Trainee at University College London Hospital. His interest in HIV comes from lived experience both professionally and personally. He has an interest in making sure scientific and societal breakthroughs in HIV medicine are communicated in a relatable context to those affected.
Florence Riako Anam
Florence Riako Anam is Programme Manager for Love Alliance at GNP+ and leads GNP+ advocacy on paediatric HIV treatment and care, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a seasoned HIV and SRHR (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights) advocate with over ten years’ experience in programme management, advocacy, policy and communication for health and social development. Florence has previously worked at Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Community of Women Living with HIV.
Zekerie is a master’s student in virology, a researcher in antiviral treatment and immunotherapy at Sofia University, and tutors general and molecular biology. He has a vested interest in pandemic viruses and pathogen-host interactions. He is particularly interested in HIV cure research, treatment and management as well as environmental and socicultural influences on the wellbeing of people living with HIV. He holds a joint bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and English Literature. Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/zekerie-redzheb
Beau is an activist and advocate who works at the intersections of LGBTIQ+ activism and HIV advocacy and support with a focus on memory activism, community building and storytelling. He has worked in Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia, and is the co-founder of the Queer Indonesia Archive. He currently works at Living Positive Victoria and National Association of People with HIV in Australia.
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
Tom Abell Chair
Tom is Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service and has worked in a variety of commissioning and provider roles across the NHS. He is particularly interested in NAM's information services for people living with HIV. Tom is a qualified accountant, and joined the Trustees in 2019, becoming Chair in 2022. Twitter: @heytomabell
Brian Cooper Vice Chair
Brian Cooper Vice Chair
Brian is a former International Editor at NAM and a trustee since 1998. His background is in commercial publishing, education, television and film, as Marketing Manager for Scholastic, a Creative Agent for The Royal Opera House and as an independent film producer. He also has many years' experience as a technical and creative consultant, as a translator with a medical specialisation and as a creative producer with youth projects. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Julia Reidy Treasurer
Julia Reidy Treasurer
Julia has been a qualified accountant since 2001 and has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Julia has been involved in fundraising and charitable activities within her work environment and became trustee treasurer of NAM in 2019.
Dr Sanjay Bhagani
Dr Sanjay Bhagani
Sanjay is a consultant physician and senior lecturer in infectious diseases and HIV medicine at London’s Royal Free Hospital. He has a special focus on the management of complex HIV infection, including difficult opportunistic infections as well as on the management of viral hepatitis in people with HIV. He is chair of the British HIV Association’s Hepatitis Society. Sanjay is particularly interested in NAM’s new stream of work around viral hepatitis, which includes aidsmap’s sister website www.infohep.org.
Mark has been living with HIV since 2018. They are originally from west Wales and a native Welsh speaker. Mark is the Senior Policy Advisor for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS in Westminster. They are also Head of Creative Services for International Gay Rugby (IGR). They have 20 years of parliamentary and public affairs experience after working in the private, public and charity sector. Previously a Community Councillor in Carmarthenshire, they also worked for Terrence Higgins Trust as a Campaigns & Parliamentary Affairs Officer. Twitter: @CHARLIEBACH
Julianne trained in Uganda at a time before antiretroviral therapy (ART) was available there. She has since trained and worked in obstetrics and gynaecology, genitourinary medicine and contraception in the UK and is currently specialising in HIV care and research at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital. She is interested in HIV prevention and cure research and in the involvement of black and ethnic minority women in research as well as how to reach out more to them and other communities that may find it harder to access HIV care services. Other (future) interests are in education particularly of medical and nursing students in Africa.
Iwan is a chartered HR professional currently working in the sports and gaming industry. With over 15 years experience in human resources and operations, Iwan has held various senior HR roles with Global FTSE/NASDAQ organisations and is a Fellow of the UK, Hong Kong and Australian HR professional bodies. Iwan became a trustee with NAM in 2023.
Jason is a dual qualified solicitor (Australia/England & Wales) and an experienced data protection professional being initiated as a Fellow at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in 2022. Jason has served as a Trustee at NAM since 2017.
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.
Originally from Kenya, Angelina has over 25 years’ experience of working in the HIV sector on different initiatives. This includes providing one-to-one support to people living with HIV, treatment advocacy, and managing service delivery, to facilitating, promoting and advocating for the involvement of women living with HIV in local and national strategy and policy. Living with HIV for more than a quarter of a decade, she is a founder member of the 4M Network of Mentor Mothers living with HIV. Angelina sits on various national and international advisory boards and has also co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals and UNAIDS reports.
Charity Nyirenda is one of the UK’s leading HIV awareness campaigners, using her own experience of living with HIV for 18 years to promote better understanding of HIV. She has volunteered and worked alongside many organisations in the HIV sector including Positively UK, Embrace UK, NAZ Project, National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT). She has been the face of THT's ‘Can’t Pass It On’ campaign for several years, educating people that those on successful treatment can’t pass HIV on to their sexual partners. In 2019, Charity won the Islington Volunteer of the Year award for her support work for women living with HIV and her courage for being the face of several stigma campaigns. In 2021 she was nominated to receive a Points of Light award. She devotes her time to being a dedicated activist for migrant women living with HIV and continues to fight against stigma.
Eli is a young transgender man living with HIV. He works to support, advocate, and raise awareness for other LGBTQ+ and young people living with HIV. Since 2021, Eli has been a Youth Project Coordinator for Positively UK.
Emily lives in Bristol with her son and works at a local mental health charity. Since her HIV diagnosis in 2016, she's been an active member of the local HIV community in Bristol. Emily has been a peer mentor and facilitator, campaigner and positive speaker, and delivers HIV stigma and awareness training to NHS staff. Emily is a keen activist, having been involved in various national projects about HIV. Having a passion for public speaking and being open about her HIV status, she aims to educate and empower.
Emma Cole was diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and has chosen to speak out about living with HIV ever since. She began talking publicly as a volunteer for Positive Youth/Body Positive in 1992 before launching her own 'Positive Voice' talk for schools and businesses in 2002. Since her diagnosis, Emma has spoken at over 250 schools to an estimated 350,000 young people. Emma has appeared in documentaries for the BBC and Sky as well as radio and print media. Twitter: @emmacolehiv / Instagram: @emmacolehiv
Enitan Adeniyi Bello
Enitan is a migrant from Nigeria, model and activist. He loves helping others and giving back to society. Enitan enjoys going to the cinema, loves dancehall, pop, and contemporary African music, and appreciates the arts.
Born in Turkey, Harun moved to the UK in 2015 to escape anti-LGBT+ hostility and discrimination. When he was diagnosed with HIV in 2016, he chose to become an ambassador for good sexual and mental health, volunteering for several London-based charities. In 2020, he decided to devote himself fully to HIV support work. He currently works at Positively UK, and is also an NHS Patient and Public Voice Partner and a member of the UK-CAB Steering Committee. In June 2022, Harun contracted monkeypox and was hospitalised for 10 days; he had one of the most severe cases in the UK. He was one of the few people who shared his experience publicly to raise awareness of the condition and to challenge the stigma around it. His story has been shared with the world by WHO and the UN. Harun is committed to sharing his life experiences publicly to tackle stigma and raise awareness of HIV, monkeypox and mental health, as well as the stigma he faced as a gay man in Turkey. He also works as a peer mentor to support others living with HIV and shares sexual health information both in Turkish and English through his social media. Twitter: @HarunTulunay Instagram: haruntulunay
Reverend Jide Macaulay is the Founder and CEO of House Of Rainbow CIC. He is an openly gay British-Nigerian, born in London. Jide has been a Christian minister since 1998, is an Anglican priest, inspirational speaker, author, poet, pastor and preacher. Jide is also an HIV-positive activist, holds a degree in law, master's degree in theology and post-graduate certificate in pastoral theology. Jide is a patron of ReportOUT, Vice Chair at One Voice Network, Chair of INERELA Europe, and volunteer chaplain at Mildmay Hospital.
Jo was diagnosed with HIV in 2008. Bringing skills gained in 30+ years in journalism, public relations and crisis management to the HIV sector, she joined the British HIV Association (BHIVA) as Communications Officer in 2017. Her insights and perspectives as an HIV-positive person helped to extend the depth and breadth of medical and mainstream reporting and, during COVID, were central to translating treatment guidance into plain English. A committed activist, she has supported the UK-CAB Steering Group for a decade, was a BHIVA Trustee from 2019 to 2023, volunteers for the National AIDS Trust and is a Positive Voices speaker for Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).
José Carlos Mejía Asserias
José is a researcher, facilitator and project manager working in HIV and mental health in London. His practice centres on peer support, lived experience and community development. Alongside public bodies and community organisations, José has developed and implemented projects with migrants, LGBT and indigenous communities in the UK, Brazil and Colombia. José has degrees in communication studies and innovation management. José is a member of NAM aidsmap's Emerging Voices programme. Read his latest articles and pages. Twitter: @aliasCHEPE
Kieran is 27 and lives in Manchester. He has been living with HIV for the last five years. After his diagnosis he studied a master's degree in medical virology, which enabled him to learn more about HIV in order to support his volunteering position at George House Trust as a Positive Speaker. In this role, he goes into communities, schools and businesses to educate others about HIV and share his story. Last year Kieran became engaged to his partner Jack, who is HIV negative, at Disney World. As a couple, they prove the incredible message of U=U – showing that HIV holds no one back!
Martin (Tini) Burns
When Tini/Martin received an AIDS diagnosis in 2007, his life changed...for the better. With medication, the condition was beaten swiftly, and his HIV becoming manageable and – most importantly – completely uninfectious. He became one of 38 million people living with HIV, a community he cherishes and loves. As a writer, he found his authentic voice and as an activist, he knew he had the experience to normalise HIV. He wanted control over how people perceived him, so he labelled himself 'HIV neutral'. HIV left its autograph in his bloodstream and those three letters have given him a new life. He hopes others living, or newly diagnosed, with HIV are given some hope from his journey, because hope is also viral.
Maurice has worked as a music and drama teacher and in professional theatre, mainly in stage management, as well as a supporting artist in numerous television programmes. Maurice is also an HIV and LGBT activist. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1984 and developed AIDS in 1994 when he was given six months to live. Refusing to give up, he returned to education as a means of fighting his AIDS-defining illness of HIV-associated dementia. Now in his 80s, he has two honours degrees, speaks four European languages and is resident organist at Holy Trinity Church Hartshill. Maurice is Chair of the North Midlands LGBT Older People’s Group and a trustee of the North Staffs & District Organ Society.
Nathan is 26 years old and lives in Manchester. He put his name forward for the photoshoot as he knew first hand the impact that stigma around HIV can have on someone, to the point where he had mostly shied away from owning his status. The people that need to know his status, know. But the people that don’t, haven’t a clue. This isn't because Nathan is ashamed of having HIV, he is ashamed of what people may think. This project was insanely empowering and whilst Nathan is aware that people on medication can live a normal life (incredible stuff) it also allowed him to let go of worrying about what people might think of him. HIV isn’t the problem, the stigma around it is and if Nathan can do anything to change the minds of people around that, he will. Nathan says this is like coming out all over again!
Paul has been an activist in HIV since the early 1990s. He has represented the community on many boards and committees with the British HIV Association and NHS England. He is an advisory board member of several research projects related to HIV and also to LGBT experiences of illness and bereavement. He is a long-standing member of the UK Community Advisory Board and an active member of the European AIDS Treatment Group. Paul is a member of NAM's Emerging Voices programme. Read his latest articles.
Paul spent a number of years working in the health and social care field in London, including as Strategic Planning Officer for Older People’s Services in Southwark and as CEO of Age Concern Harrow (now Age UK). In 2000, he changed direction and pursued a lifelong ambition to be an artist, and graduated with a BA in Fine Art in 2004. He was diagnosed with HIV the following year. Paul is now both an established artist and author. He has won art competitions, held a number of solo exhibitions, sold his paintings to Lenny Henry and the late Cilla Black, and participated in group exhibitions for Opening Doors (a charity providing services for those over 50 in the LGBTQ+ community). Paul has also published two books on the history of the furniture manufacturer Lebus. In recent years he has been active in local charities that work with, and for, those in treatment and recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
Prashant is currently working as business analyst. He moved to the UK from India to pursue a master's in data science. Prashant was diagnosed with HIV in 2020 in India during the COVID pandemic. He supports people who have been recently diagnosed with HIV or who have a fear of HIV. He says he has gained immense self awareness working with this community. Instagram: prashant__999.
Rob is a psychotherapist, coach, and clinical supervisor providing discounted therapy to people living with HIV. He previously ran an HIV peer mentoring service in Brighton and Sussex. Rob has delivered workshops at Positively UK's national HIV conferences and was formerly Vice-Chair of the Fast-Track Cities forum in Brighton & Hove. Passionate about HIV and mental health, he is currently a member of the panel on the redevelopment of NHS mental health provision in Brighton & Hove and an advisor on an NHS talking therapies panel tasked with delivering HIV training to NHS mental health practitioners supporting people living with HIV.
Sara is 57 and lives in west London. When she was diagnosed with HIV in hospital in 2015 after a period of ill health, it was a bolt out of the blue. Life had been wonderful until then: she loved her work in IT which took her around the world, spending time with her cats and playing bridge. Sara struggled after her diagnosis, feeling depressed, alone and ill with her health conditions, and it took her a couple of years to be OK with being HIV positive. Now, HIV is the easiest of her conditions to manage and the least of her health worries. The hardest thing to live with is the stigma and she worries about having a relationship with someone. Even though she can’t pass the virus on, saying that she has HIV is really scary. She says that nobody would expect someone like her to be HIV positive. "People like me don’t generally speak out. But I don’t want to hide any more or feel ashamed."
Stephen is an actor, writer and YouTuber who fell into being an activist by accident after writing and starring in his one man show Shadowed Dreamer, which ran in New York for 9 months, closing off Broadway in 2010. Since then, he's started his YouTube channel Hart Talks, which follows him as a Positive Voices speaker for the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), the London Ambassador for Stamp Out Spiking, a presenter on the radio show The HIV Hour on Radio Reverb, singing with the Joyful Noise Choir and The West End Musical Choir, and his love of theatre and his cats Gracie and Gus. YouTube: Hart Talks
Born in Manchester to Caribbean parents, Tresca is a mother to four children and also a grandmother. She was diagnosed with late-stage HIV in August 2015. Tresca works across a wide range of diverse community spaces, which includes testing people for HIV and other STIs, and in health intervention outreach where she delivers condoms and information resources to LGBT+ venues in Hackney and the surrounding areas. She has a passion for engaging with and empowering different communities, helping to fight HIV stigma and end HIV transmissions by 2030. Tresca is also a mentor mother with the 4M Network, peer mentor and activist.
Victoria is a British/Spanish Argentinian Latin American trans woman with a passion for supporting the transgender community. She has been living with HIV since 2007. Victoria has over 25 years of experience as an events organiser and performer in the arts and culture sector. She empowers and amplifies trans individuals and their representation. Victoria's LGBTQ+ specific work includes being a mentor and assessor for trans, non-binary and gender-diverse people at CliniQ in London since November 2021, where she was appointed Director in April 2023. Victoria has also volunteered, provided youth support and worked as a consultant. In her free time, Victoria enjoys coaching, promoting transgender representation, cinema, music and the arts.
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.
Work supported in 2021/2022
Charitable trusts & foundations
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.
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.|
|European AIDS Clinical Society||News coverage from the 18th European AIDS Conference (EACS 2021).|
|International AIDS Society||IAS 2021 Knowledge Toolkit|
|Terrence Higgins Trust||National HIV Prevention Programme|
2021 news, bulletins and social media, and conference coverage
2022 news, bulletins and social media, and conference coverage
aidsmapLIVE and aidsmapWOMEN
Inform, Equip, Empower: knowledge for longer, healthier and happier lives
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.
PrEP and Prevention
Positive Fitness – an online fitness class for people living with HIV, to get and stay active.
Family Matters project: short video series sharing the latest thinking on HIV and conception, pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal care.
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.
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:
Grupo Português de Activistas sobre Tratamentos de VIH/SIDA (GAT, Portugal)
Grupo de Trabajo sobre Tratamientos del VIH (gTt, Spain)
We have also worked with, amongst others, the National AIDS Trust, the UK Government's Department for International Development, the World Health Organization, London 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.
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:
Clive Blowes, Terrence Higgins Trust
Garry Brough, Positively UK
Ben Cromarty, North Yorkshire AIDS Action
Jo Josh, UK-CAB
Alastair Hudson, FPA
Christabel Kunda, NAZ
Belina Loftus, Spectrum Community Health
Irina Lut, FPA
Vincent Manning, Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support
Jose Carlos Mejia, METRO
Angelina Namiba, Associate, Salamander Trust
Juddy Otti, Africa Advocacy Foundation
Mel Rattue, CEO Positively Mindful CIC
Chris Sandford, Bloomsbury Patient Network
Aedan Wolton, TransPlus
NAM (now 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.
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.
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.