NAM aidsmap (formerly known as National AIDS Manual) works to change lives by sharing information about HIV and AIDS, enabling individuals and communities affected by HIV to protect themselves, care for others, advocate for better services and challenge stigma and discrimination.
NAM was founded by Peter Scott in 1987, when he was working at the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard. At that time there was extensive misinformation about HIV and AIDS, much of it causing confusion and homophobia.
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.
Since then, NAM’s users have grown and diversified within the UK and worldwide. We are constantly revising, rewriting and adapting information to take account of new needs and developments.
As NAM now produces much more than just the ‘Manual’, we have become known simply as NAM. 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.
Executive Director - NAM aidsmap