Dr Ford Hickson

Associate Professor

United Kingdom

After graduating BSc Psychology in 1988, Ford worked at Terrence Higgins Trust and Frontliners. He joined Sigma Research in 1990. Sigma Research joined LSHTM in 2011.

Ford has spent the last thirty years researching and describing patterns of sex between men, particularly with reference to HIV/STI transmission. Between 1997 and 2008 he led the design of the National Gay Men’s Sex Survey and was centrally involved in the European MSM Internet Survey in 2010 and 2017.

In 1998 he co-authored England's national HIV prevention strategy for gay and bisexual men (Making It Count) with a group of community health promoters, which was subsequently adopted by the Department of Health. He has sat on several HIV and MSM related committees, including the Office for National Statistics’ Sexual Identity Project Expert Research Group.

Ford's doctoral thesis (Portsmouth University, 2008) was on Authority, HIV and Sex between Men in England. He has co-authored over 80 peer reviewed journal articles, two books, numerous monographs and several book chapters. He also holds a BA in Opera Studies (Rose Bruford College, 2014).


Department of Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Antimicrobial Resistance Centre


Ford is a Programme Director for the MSc Public Health. He is a module organiser, lecturer and seminar leader for 'Principles of Social Research' (Term 1), and delivers lecturers on 'Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs', 'Control of STIs/RTIs', 'Health Promotion Approaches and Methods' and 'Sexual Health' (Term 2).


Ford is currently working on improvement of the recording of sex, gender and sexuality in quantitative public health data generation.

He is also engaged in the Taiwan-UK Sex, Gender & Sexuality Health Research Network (TUSHRN) which is fostering collaborative research on the health of sex, gender and sexuality minorities.
Research Area
Gender identity, sexuality
Socio-cultural aspects of sex
Sexual behaviour
Sexual health
Disease and Health Conditions
Drug addiction
Mental health
Sexually transmitted infections
United Kingdom
European Union

Selected Publications

Sexual Health Needs Among Men Who Engage in Transactional Sex with Men in the UK.
Avallone, F; HICKSON, F;
Archives of sexual behavior
Conceptions of sexual health by gay men living with HIV in serodifferent couples in Montreal, Canada: results from a qualitative analysis.
Avallone, F; Engler, K; Cox, J; HICKSON, F; Lessard, D; Bourdon, J; Thomas, R; Lebouché, B;
Sexual health
Response to "On the risk of using raw regional data on new HIV infections in France" by Tassi et al.
Wang, H; Molina, J-M; Dray-Spira, R; SCHMIDT, AJ; HICKSON, F; Vijver, DV D; Jonas, KJ;
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Spatio-temporal changes in pre-exposure prophylaxis uptake among MSM in mainland France between 2016 and 2021: a Bayesian small area approach with MSM population estimation.
Wang, H; Molina, J-M; Dray-Spira, R; SCHMIDT, AJ; HICKSON, F; Van de Vijver, D; Jonas, KJ;
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Behavioural intervention to reduce sexually transmitted infections in people aged 16–24 years in the UK: the safetxt RCT
FREE, C; PALMER, MJ; Potter, K; MCCARTHY, OL; Jerome, L; BERENDES, S; Gubijev, A; Knight, M; JAMAL, Z; Dhaliwal, F; CARPENTER, JR; Morris, TP; EDWARDS, P; FRENCH, R; Macgregor, L; Turner, KM E; Baraitser, P; HICKSON, FC I; WELLINGS, K; ROBERTS, I; Bailey, JV; Hart, G; Michie, S; CLAYTON, T; DEVRIES, K;
Public health research
Shades of Deviance: A Primer on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm
Sexual happiness and satisfaction with sexual safety among German trans men who have sex with men: results from EMIS-2017
Appenroth, MN; Koppe, U; HICKSON, F; Schink, S; Hahne, A; SCHMIDT, AJ; WEATHERBURN, P; Marcus, U;
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Safetxt: A randomised controlled trial of a behavioural intervention delivered by text messages to reduce sexually transmitted re-infections in people aged 16-24
FREE, C; PALMER, M; MCCARTHY, O; Jerome, L; BERENDES, S; Knight, M; CARPENTER, J; Morris, T; JAMAL, Z; Dhaliwal, F; FRENCH, R; HICKSON, FC I; Gubijev, A; WELLINGS, K; Baraitser, P; ROBERTS, I; Bailey, J; CLAYTON, T; DEVRIES, K; EDWARDS, P; Hart, G; Michie, S; Macgregor, L; Turner, KM E; Potter, K;
British Medical Journal
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