Investigating HIV/AIDs

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Red ribbon, 2001 Wellcome Images No. L0030703

Red ribbon, 2001
         Wellcome Images No. L0030703

We were sorry to note recently the death of Tony Coxon, who was the principal investigator of Project SIGMA, a major longitudinal study of gay men and HIV/Aids which informed government and World Health Organisation policies at the height of the epidemic.

The Wellcome Library holds microfiche copies of the anonymised diaries of sexual behaviour kept by gay and bisexual men, 1987-1994, in connection with this study, along with some associated documentation. These were described at more length in the post announcing that the collection had been catalogued early last year. The importance of the diary method for obtaining information on actual practices of men having sex with men is described on the Project SIGMA website. This kind of detail is essential to developing strategies of education and prevention.

Lesley Hall

Lesley Hall

Lesley Hall, FRHistS, PhD, DipAA, has been an archivist at the Wellcome since 1979. She has published extensively on the history of sexuality and gender in Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries, given many talks and conference presentations, and featured on radio and television. Further details can be found at her website.

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