Mr Charles Witzel
BA (Hons) MSc
15-17 Tavistock Place
I joined Sigma research group in December of 2014 after completing an MSc in Public Health (Health Services Management) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
I've worked previously in various capacities in sexual health in the UK and in West Africa developing and delivering health promotion, harm reduction and peer support services.
My undergraduate degree was at the University of Sussex where I studied Anthropology and Development studies, focusing mainly on the health of marginalised populations globally.
My primary research interests relate to HIV in men who have sex with men (MSM) in the UK, as well as the health services which support this group. I'm also broadly interested in social constructions of risk behaviour, ethnographic methods for health research, harm reduction in health promotion and peer led models of care.
I'm currently working on a 5-year NIHR funded programme grant called PANTHEON in which I am conducting formative research to inform the design of an RCT delivering HIV self-testing to MSM in England. I also hold a grant from the Wellcome Trust to research the barriers and motivators to HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis programmes for black MSM in London.
My previous research has focused on gay male pornography, online representations of sexual risk and HIV testing policy in East and Southern Africa.