Dr Ford Hickson


Assistant Professor
/ Course Director Public Health MSc

Room 244

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2791

Ford worked at the Terrence Higgins Trust and at Frontliners in the late 1980s. He joined Sigma Research in 1990. Sigma Research joined LSHTM in 2011.

Ford has spent the last twenty five years researching and describing patterns of sex between men, particularly with reference to HIV 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 the 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, most recently the Office for National Statistics’ Sexual Identity Project Expert Research Group.

Ford's doctoral thesis was on Authority, HIV and Sex between men in England. He has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and a book, as well as numerous monographs and several book chapters. He holds a Bsc in Psychology and a BA in Opera Studies.


Department of Social and Environmental Health Research
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


As well as a Course Director for the MSc Public HEalth, Ford is module organiser, lecturer and seminar leader for Health Promotion Theory. He is also a seminar leader on Principles of Social Research, and delivers lectures on HIV/STI Prevention among men-who-have-sex-with-men for the Control of STIs/RTIs module, and on Motivational Interviewing for the Health Promotion Approaches and Methods module.


Ford is currently engaged in developing an online decision making tool for MSM considering HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, and on 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

Men who have sex with men in Great Britain: comparing methods and estimates from probability and convenience sample surveys.
Prah, P.; Hickson, F.; Bonell, C.; McDaid, L.M.; Johnson, A.M.; Wayal, S.; Clifton, S.; Sonnenberg, P.; Nardone, A.; Erens, B.; Copas, A.J.; Riddell, J.; Weatherburn, P.; Mercer, C.H.;
Sex Transm Infect
Antiretroviral Therapy and Reasons for Not Taking It among Men Having Sex with Men (MSM)-Results from the European MSM Internet Survey (EMIS).
Marcus, U. ; Hickson, F. ; Weatherburn, P. ; Furegato, M. ; Breveglieri, M. ; Berg, R.C. ; Schmidt, A.J. ; EMIS network, . ;
PLoS One
Hidden from health: structural stigma, sexual orientation concealment, and HIV across 38 countries in the European MSM Internet Survey.
Pachankis, J.E. ; Hatzenbuehler, M.L. ; Hickson, F. ; Weatherburn, P. ; Berg, R.C. ; Marcus, U. ; Schmidt, A.J. ;
"Chemsex" and harm reduction need among gay men in South London.
Bourne, A.; Reid, D.; Hickson, F.; Torres-Rueda, S.; Steinberg, P.; Weatherburn, P.;
Int J Drug Policy
See all Dr Ford Hickson's Publications