Dr Newson Joins Forces with Sophia Forum to Raise Awareness of HIV and Menopause

Published: 14th September 2020

Dr Louise Newson has teamed up with Sophia Forum, a national UK charity which promotes and advocates for the rights, health, welfare and dignity of women living with HIV through research, raising awareness and influencing policy. Sophia Forum's work reaches women with different ethnic, faith and gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, immigration status and relationships with the criminal justice system. The charity also ensures that women living with HIV are meaningfully involved in all its work. 

Dr Newson has also joined forces with Sophia Forum to co-create a helpful booklet titled 'A Guide to Menopause for Women Living with HIV' and has recorded a podcast with Sophia Forum Director, Sophie Strachan, honorary HIV clinician and menopause specialist, Dr Nneka Nwokolo, and Dr Jacqui Stevenson, a researcher and advocate of the charity.

Speaking of her involvement with the charity, Dr Newson said;

"A couple of years ago, I attended a menopause conference and listened to a lecture about the menopause in women living with HIV and I came away feeling really angry, learning how women living with HIV are more likely to experience menopausal symptoms yet are less likely to receive HRT.

I was therefore excited to be introduced to Sophie Strachan from the Sophia Forum and we discussed ways of reaching more women living with HIV. She explained how many tragic stories she had heard from women who were unable to receive help and often turned away from medical care. I am so thrilled and proud to see the booklet finally in print so I hope it will help many people. We are also recording a series of podcasts about various aspects of this work which I am looking forward to sharing."

Click here to view the booklet

Click here to listen to the podcast


Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was launched in 2018 by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised and holistic treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, both via remote consultations and in-person at clinics in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire and Lymm, Cheshire.

A passionate and tireless campaigner for better menopause care for all women, Dr Newson has also founded the Menopause Doctor website, The Menopause Charity, the balance app, Newson Health Research and Education and written a best-selling Haynes Manual on Menopause.

The Menopause Doctor website is a free resource providing a huge amount of unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women and healthcare professionals. The site has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library for menopause. Visit www.menopausedoctor.co.uk.

The Menopause Charity was founded in 2020, with trustees including sustainable health expert Professor Matthew Cripps and media ambassadors Davina McCall, Lorraine Kelly, Liz Earle and Meg Mathews. The charity has many exciting plans to help women and their families and colleagues with the challenges caused by the menopause, including an educational website, professionally staffed helpline and fundraising for research activities. Visit www.themenopausecharity.org.

‘balance’ is a free app that was developed to enable women to track their symptoms, access personalised expert content, share stories and lots more. Get the balance app at www.balance-app.com.

Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation from which all profits are invested back into the business. A Confidence in Menopause educational platform has been developed specifically for healthcare professionals and can be found at https://www.fourteenfish.com/menopause/subscribe

The Haynes Manual on Menopause is a definitive guide to help women, their partners and families cut through the plethora of misinformation and take a straightforward look at menopause. Find out more at www.newsonhealth.co.uk/resources/menopause-manual.