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The charity was founded in 1987 as The British Medical Association (BMA) Foundation for AIDS (registered charity no 296689).

We worked closely with the BMA and other medical organisations to promote an enlightened medical view of HIV and AIDS, at a time when ignorance and fear of the disease were widespread. We focused on ethical issues such as confidentiality and consent to testing, access to HIV treatment and human rights for people living with HIV.

We adopted the working name, Medical Foundation for AIDS & Sexual Health in 2002, to reflect more accurately our independent role and evolving strategic priorities. Over the next decade we managed a range of major projects, many to support implementation of the national sexual health and HIV strategy in England. In 2009 we started to take on work at European level.

In 2012, to meet new challenges and opportunities, we embarked on the process of incorporating the charity and rebranded again to become MEDFASH (the Medical Foundation for HIV & Sexual Health). 

For more about our history read our 25th anniversary report, MEDFASH - Promoting excellence in HIV and sexual healthcare for 25 years


Our founders

John Dawson

Dr John Marks, founding director

John Marks

Dr John Dawson, founding chairman