Dr Ford Hickson


Associate Professor
/ Programme Director MSc Public Health

Room 244

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2791

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 50 peer reviewed journal articles, two books, numerous monographs and several book chapters. He also holds a BA in Opera Studies (Rose Bruford College, 2014).


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


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


Ford is currently engaged with the second European MSM Internet Survey.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Decision analysis
Health promotion
Public health
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Behaviour change
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Sexually transmitted disease
Sexually transmitted infection
United Kingdom
Euro area
European Union

Selected Publications

Estimating the 'PrEP Gap': how implementation and access to PrEP differ between countries in Europe and Central Asia in 2019.
Hayes R; Schmidt AJ; Pharris A; Azad Y; Brown AE; Weatherburn P; Hickson F; Delpech V; Noori T; The Ecdc Dublin Declaration Monitoring Network
Euro surveillance
Help-seeking for genitourinary symptoms: a mixed methods study from Britain's Third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3)
Mapp F; Wellings K; Mercer C; Mitchell K; Tanton C; Clifton S; Datta J; Field N; Palmer M; Ford H
BMJ Open
Drug use among men who have sex with men in Ireland: Prevalence and associated factors from a national online survey.
Barrett P; O'Donnell K; Fitzgerald M; Schmidt AJ; Hickson F; Quinlan M; Keogh P; O'Connor L; McCartney D; Igoe D
International Journal of Drug Policy
Inequalities in HIV testing uptake and needs among men who have sex with men living in Ireland: findings from an internet survey
O'Donnell K; Fitzgerald M; Quinlan M; Hickson F; Keogh P; Schmidt AJ; McCartney D; Barrett P; O'Dea S; Igoe D
HIV Medicine
Typology of drug use in United Kingdom men who have sex with men and associations with socio-sexual characteristics.
Melendez-Torres GJ; Bourne A; Reid D; Hickson F; Bonell C; Weatherburn P
The International journal on drug policy
Correlates and subgroups of injecting drug use in UK gay and bisexual men: Findings from the 2014 Gay Men's Sex Survey.
Melendez-Torres GJ; Bourne A; Hickson F; Reid D; Weatherburn P
Drug and alcohol dependence
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