Sophie Strachan – Chair

Sophie StrachanSophie has been an advocate for women and HIV for over 14 years. She has provided policy and technical advice to public health organisations, NHS England, NICE, NGOs and academics, advocating both nationally and internationally.

Sophie’s work includes advocacy on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) access for women, and she sits on the Community Advisory Board for Public Health England’s PrEP IMPACT Trial. She currently works as a sexual health advisor at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and sits on Gilead’s European Community Advisory Group.

Sophie is also one of the Global Reference Group members for the World Health Organisation global survey on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Human Rights (SRH & HR) of women living with HIV. Her other research has been addressing women’s experience of incarceration whilst living with HIV. Sophie is an advisory group member for the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, advocating for drug users and people incarcerated living with HIV and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. In addition, she sits as a steering group member on a research project with Lincoln University, entitled ‘Measuring and Improving the Health and Quality of Healthcare for Offenders on Community Sentences: Developing Recommendations for Commissioners and Practitioners’. Sophie provided peer support for over 10 years working for a national HIV organisation, Positively UK. She is an accomplished trainer and facilitator, working as a freelance consultant for more than a decade. She has been living well with HIV for over 15 years and was diagnosed in prison.

Her on-going work is to ensure that all women in all our diversities are provided with a platform so our voices are represented and heard in research, policy design and service delivery.