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 founded by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson, and officially opened in September 2018 by Liz Earle MBE. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, as well as running educational events for primary care clinicians.

Dr Newson is also the founder of the Menopause Doctor website, a free resource since 2017, providing the latest unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women as well as the most recent national and international menopause articles and guidelines for healthcare professionals. The website has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library aimed at patients and healthcare professionals wishing to learn more about the menopause.

Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Dr Newson, from which all profits gained from the organisation's activities, such as event sponsorship, delegate fees and speaker's fees, are invested back into the business.