The Gay Mens Health Collective have direct knowledge and experience of recreational drug use; and problematic drug use, withdrawal, and recovery. Others have been involved in the HIV and AIDS field, HIV prevention, and gay men’s health since the 1980s.
Martin has presented at both national and international conferences on a range of issues around IPED use and contributed to local and national government guidance on the provision of services for IPED clients. He provides training around anabolic steroid use to healthcare and other professionals, with a focus on service provision for this client group. He has also provided expert witness testimony in a number of high profile cases involving anabolic steroids.
Shelly has been working with victims of rape and domestic and sexual abuse since the late 1990s. She is currently the Interim Manager of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). Her specialist areas are violence against sex workers, sexual and domestic violence/abuse, trafficking and sexual exploitation. She sits on local, regional and national forums relating to these issues.
Mat has worked in the drugs and HIV fields as a practitioner, manager and activist for 30 years. Mat was an early harm reduction worker in the UK and in 1991 founded the pioneering Healthy Options Team (HOT), a harm reduction agency that employed peer workers and used community mobilisation strategies with people who use drugs (PWUD).
Nigel has over a decade of experience of working within needle and syringe programmes both as practitioner and a manager. He ran the popular harm reduction website, Injecting Advice.com, since the start of 2007. In 2011 Nigel began his job as HIT’s Community Manager, managing HIT’s social media profile, as well as creating and managing a number of our online projects including naloxone.org.uk.