Aidsmap, also known as the NAM Aidsmap, is a website which summarizes HIV and AIDS news for a layman audience.

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Launched1987; 35 years ago (1987)



"NAM" originally stood for "national AIDS manual" and referred to a 1987 compendium of all information about HIV published for non-scientists in England. Since Aidsmap became an international organization, NAM is no longer used as an acronym and there is no longer any particular "aids manual" being maintained.[1]

Timeline of workEdit

NAM was founded in 1987 by Peter Scott, who was then working for the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard. He was seeking to address the public's demand for a source of information about HIV.[2] Subsequent Directors were Will Anderson (to 1996), Colin Nee (1996-2001), Caspar Thomson (2001-2016) and Matthew Hodson (2016-present).

In 1992 the organization began publishing the newsletter now called the HIV Treatment Update, which was designed to give patients the information they need to help direct their choices for HIV treatment.[2]

In 1998 was launched as an online resource for all printed materials. It was a partnership project involving NAM and The British HIV Association, and later the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. The original site editors were Edward King and Keith Alcorn.


  1. ^ "HIV & AIDS Information :: Who we are - Our name". 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "HIV & AIDS Information :: Thirty years on". 5 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.

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