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Who we are

HIVsport uses the ‘Badge of Hope’ to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS and promote sexual health and wellbeing in sport.

HIVsport works in partnership with professional sporting associations, umbrella HIV and sexual health organisations, the media, medical and corporate bodies to:

  • Create, through sport, greater public awareness of the global epidemic of HIV and AIDS

  • Provide education and training to people in all roles in sport around HIV and sexual health

  • Support sports-related HIV and sexual health education projects

HIVsport also provides a range of tailor-made educational activities such as our upcoming seminar on HIV and AIDS, South Africa an 2010 FIFA World Cup

Andy Harvey

Andy Harvey

Andy has over twenty years experience working in the labour movement and voluntary sector. From Thames Valley University where he worked as a senior lecturer in law and industrial relations, he moved on to work for the Labour Party in 1996. From 1997 through to 2004 he was National Education Officer for the General Federation of Trade Unions. In 2004 he set up his own consultancy firm, Andy Harvey etc which specialises in strategy, education and training on a wide range of workplace and social issues, including HIV.

He became a founder Director of HIVsport in 2007 following a two-year spell in Trade Union development for the Ensuring Positive Futures partnership. He works as a consultant with the International Labour Organisation’s HIV/AIDS department. He is also a member of the 2012 London Olympics Sexual Health Planning Group.

Stephen Bitti

Stephen Bitti

Stephen has been part of the Department of Health's National Support Team for Sexual Health since 2006. In his role as Delivery Manager for the national team he provides support to local NHS Trusts and health partnerships in achieving the Government’s key deliverables for sexual health. In addition to these core activities, he compiled 'Genitourinary Medicine 48-hour Access: Getting to target and staying there', which was published by the Department of Health in February 2008.

Previously Stephen was Chief Executive of the UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS, publishers of 'Positive Nation' - the UK's HIV and sexual health magazine and the lead partner of the European Social Fund pilot ‘Ensuring Positive Futures’ – an innovative employability programme for people living with HIV.

He is a founder Director and Company Secretary of HIVsport and is a member of the 2012 Olympic Sexual Health Planning Group; Stephen is also a Trustee of MADaboutART - a charity that exists to unite children around the world in understanding and fighting HIV and AIDS through art and education.

Alan Irwin

Alan Irwin

After nearly 30 years working in the field of industrial relations, including spells with Warwick University and Oxford University, Alan set up the Institute of Education Training and Enterprise in 1999, working with employers and unions in the public and private sector to develop education and training to manage change and transition. He has worked extensively with trade unions in the UK and in Europe on renewal programmes to assist unions to adapt to the global demands that affect membership employment.

He is currently a founder and senior director with the Educational Sports Forum that represents high profile sports associations to prepare professional athletes to move on once they have retired from their respective sports. He is also a founder Director of HIVsport.

David HawkinsDavid Hawkins

BSc MS BS FRCP is Consultant Physician in HIV and Genitourinary Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Immunology at Imperial College School of Medicine. For over a decade he was a member of the Government’s Expert Advisory Group on AIDS and has chaired or been a member of numerous working parties, producing National Guidelines for the management of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. These include those for HIV post exposure prophylaxis (PEP), for which he also acts as a WHO Consultant. His current main research interests include PEP, antiretroviral therapies in pregnancy and management of HIV seroconversion. He has developed a number of post-graduate educational courses in the UK and is also an invited speaker internationally. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and a Standard Atlas on HIV and STDs.

Michael Reed

BA (Hons) MSc ACMS is a civil servant and management accountant with experience of working in both the public sector and for voluntary organisations.  Mike started his finance career in internal audit, from which he went into project and programme management.  Mike has had a number of roles in finance, including the implementation of accruals accounting systems, training and financial advice to large projects. 

Over the past ten years Mike has used his finance experience in policy roles working first with the fire and rescue service, on a number of projects to enhance its ability to respond to major catastrophic events, and more latterly in the field of community cohesion and integration policy. 

Paresh Parmar

Paresh has run Pagemakers, a digital solutions business, for the past 11 years. Services include the roll-out and support of bespoke online solutions for a variety of clients such as British Airways, Thomas Cook and HIVsport.

For HIVsport, Pagemakers created a website for the organisation to share facts, information and suggestions for employers, trade unions and HIV positive people on how to deal with the disease.

It was through this project that Paresh became involved with HIVsport and was appointed a director in 2010.

Paresh is also a course leader of the BA Hons Fashion Brand Management degree at the University of Central Lancashire, which has won several awards in Marketing and new Business Innovation. He graduated with a first-class BA Honours in Fashion Promotion and an MA with distinction in Lifestyle Promotion.

Our supporters

HIVsport is supported by: 
SSL International plc 

HIVsport's World Aids Day campaign is supported by:
Educational Sports Forum
Football Association
Professional Footballers Association
League Managers Association

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HIVsport would like to thank
Durex for their support


Durex's vision is that of an HIV-free world.

We have an overriding commitment to sexual health and a strong track record of supporting initiatives to raise awareness of HIV prevention for all.

This is why we are proud to sponsor HIVsport in its effort to promote sexual health in the field of sport.

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