About this Archive
Edward King became involved in the community response to HIV while a student as a volunteer for OxAIDS in the late 1980s and was the support worker for the 1989 'Promoting Our Health' LGBT health conference in Oxford. In 1990 he was hired as the Terrence Higgins Trust's first dedicated gay men's health education officer, and with a committed group of volunteers (including long-term THT volunteers Peter Scott and Simon Watney) he oversaw the development of initiatives including the Tales of Gay Sex photo stories and Pride Video's VHS 'The Gay Man's Guide to Safer Sex' and its follow-up 'Getting It Right: Safer Sex and Young Gay Men'. He participated in the Health Education Authority's gay men's advisory group, which resigned en masse in protest over the direction of the HEA's work. In 1992 he was among a group of gay men led by Peter Scott (founder of Gay Men Fighting AIDS/GMFA) to campaign and educate in response to the inadequate resourcing allocated to safer sex for gay men in the UK, serving on its board and working with its publicity group.
Throughout the 1990s King wrote widely on HIV, including the Positive Feedback column and other writings for the weekly Pink Paper from 1989 until 2003, and numerous articles on HIV treatment issues for the gay press and HIV groups such as Body Positive and Positive Times. In 1993 his book 'Safety In Numbers' was published by Cassell (UK) and Routledge (US), documenting the early epidemiology of HIV in the UK, Europe and the US; the history of safer sex education for gay men; and the 'degaying' of HIV and the need for 'regaying. In 1996, Cassell also published the slim book 'Rubber Up! Every Gay Man's Guide to Condoms', co-authored with Chris Markham.
In 1992 King left THT to work as National AIDS Manual Publications (now NAM/aidsmap)'s treatment editor, launching the UK's first monthly treatment newsletter for people living with HIV (AIDS Treatment Update) and managing other projects including a reference volume on HIV treatments and clinical trials. During this decade he gave many talks about HIV prevention and HIV treatment for groups involved in the response to the epidemic around the UK and internationally. From the mid-1990s King posted many of his writings on a self-built website, Edward King's AIDS Pages.
In 1998 he left NAM to manage the development of online and live educational courses on infectious diseases for healthcare professionals for the US-based Clinical Care Options, where he still works today (as at 2022).
Scope and Content
Reports, scientific papers, press cuttings, meeting minutes, videos regarding HIV/AIDS and the Gay Men's Advisory Group to the Health Education Authority, Gay Men Fighting AIDS, London Lighthouse, and Terrence Higgins Trust. Also, research material for Edward King's book 'Safety in Numbers', [1986-2003].