Who we are

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 passionate about listening to the people who use our materials to ensure they continue to be relevant, accessible and useful.

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).

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

Our trustees

NAM's board of trustees

NAM 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.

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

NAM'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 NAM to respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities faced by the organisation and, in line with NAM'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 NAM.

Our funders

NAM 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 NAM’s printed information materials. NAM 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 NAM's funding guidelines (PDF)

Donor

Work supported in 2016 and/or 2017 via grants and donations

Charitable trusts & foundations

Wandsworth Oasis

NAM’s patient information resources focusing on HIV and ageing (example shown here), starting treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Conference organisers

Harm Reduction International

News coverage from the International Harm Reduction Conference in May 2017.

HIV Glasgow Organising Committee

News coverage from the HIV Glasgow conference in October 2016.

Government departments

UK Government’s Department of Health

Development of a new business model to ensure the continued delivery of patient information to England’s HIV clinics.

Multilateral agencies

UNAIDS

News coverage of progress towards UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 target.

Non-governmental organisations

AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC)

PrEP in Europe Initiative.

Medical Foundation for HIV & Sexual Health(MedFASH)

Continued publication of the Sexual Health & HIV Policy EURObulletin.

Pharmaceutical companies

Gilead Sciences

Printed edition of Antiretroviral drug chart; new interactive tool to assist people to report side-effects/symptoms to their doctor; The Vine project, which will see the development of a range of patient information resources to support people as they age and live long term with HIV (example here); infohep.org; post-conference feedback forum following the International AIDS Conference; distribution of patient information materials across Ireland.

Janssen-Cilag

Aidmap’s news coverage and patient information resources; infohep’s news coverage and background resources; development of patient information materials to support people as they age and live long term  with HIV; distribution of patient information materials to clinics with cohorts of fewer than 200.

Merck & Co

The Vine project, infohep’s hepatitis-focused news, news coverage of 2016’s International AIDS Conference and HIV Glasgow conference.

ViiV Healthcare

The Vine project, the continued publication of the Sexual Health & HIV Policy EURObulletinPreP in Europe Initiative.

In addition to grants and donations NAM has been contracted, in 2016 and/or 2017, by various organisations to deliver specific services including:

 

Our partners

NAM 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)

European Liver Patients Association

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)

Harm Reduction International

Hepatitis C Trust

HIV Justice Network

International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Terrence Higgins Trust

UNAIDS

The UK Government’s Department of Health

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.

NAM 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.

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

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

Professor Brian Angus, Infectious Diseases Consultant and Clinical Director, Oxford University Hospitals 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 Sanjay Bhagani, Consultant Physician, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Marta Boffito, Consultant Physician/Reader, St Stephen's AIDS Trust, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Imperial College, London

Professor Mark Bower, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

Dr Gary Brook, Clinical Lead GUM/HIV, London North West Healthcare NHS 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

Dr Alessia Dalla Pria, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

Heather Leake Date, Principal Pharmacist for HIV and Sexual Health, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

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

Alastair Duncan, Principal Dietitian, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

Sarah Ellis, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Grahame Hayton Unit, Barts Health NHS Trust

Tom Fernandez, Nurse Practitioner, Royal Free London 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

Fiona Hillen, Specialist Dietitian, University Hospital of Wales

Dr Rachael Jones, Lead clinician, West London Centre for Sexual Health, Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare 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, Society of Sexual Health Advisors

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 Daniel Richardson FRCP, Consultant & Hon Clinical Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health & HIV Medicine, Brighton & Sussex Universities NHS 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 Laura Waters, HIV Consultant, Central & North West London 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

Patrick Cash, Patient Champion (HIV/GUM), Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Ben Cromarty, North Yorkshire AIDS Action

Robin F

Jeremy

Jo Josh, UK-CAB

Christabel Kunda, NAZ

Irina Lut, FPA

Vincent Manning, Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support

Angelina Namiba, Associate, Salamander Trust

Mel Rattue, CEO Positively Mindful CIC 

Zoe Rice, Dietitian, The Food Chain

David Rowlands

Chris Sandford, Bloomsbury Patient Network

Alex Sparrowhawk

Sophie Strachan

Our history

NAM 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 was born. 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, NAM’s users have grown and diversified within the UK and worldwide, so we are constantly revising, rewriting and adapting our information to take account of new needs and developments. We currently publish a wide range of print, online and other digital materials for all communities affected by HIV and those working to support them.

Peter Scott's vision has been central to the development of NAM.

What does NAM stand for?

The initials NAM originally stood for National AIDS Manual.

As these pictures show, when the charity was founded in 1987, 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.

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NAM's 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. We now have a huge range of resources pitched at different levels, online and in print, in different languages for different people.

As NAM now produces much more than just the ‘Manual’, we have become known simply as NAM.

Although those weighty ringbinders are now tucked away in the NAM 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.