Sigma Research is a social research group specialising in the behavioural and policy aspects of HIV and sexual health. It also undertakes research and development work on aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health and well-being. Sigma is part of the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. It provides research and development services across the UK, Europe and beyond from its offices in London. In the last fifteen years, Sigma Research has undertaken more than sixty research and development projects concerned with the impact of HIV on the sexual and social lives of a variety of populations. Projects include local, regional and national needs assessments, intervention and programme evaluations and service and policy reviews.
Sigma currently has seven full time staff but also uses a range of consultants and sessional workers. It is totally dependent on earned income, with funding from a range of sources including the Department of Health for England, the European Agency for Health and Consumers of the European Union, UNAIDS and various NHS bodies, local authorities and sexual health charities. Sigma have an international reputation as one of the most important and innovative sources of new social scientific information in the area of sexual health and HIV.
Most projects culminate in the publication of research-into-practice reports. We currently have sixty four such reports available to order or download here. All research reports are available free and can also be ordered online, for postal delivery. This site also contains detailed descriptions of all our current research projects, listings of our journal articles and book chapters,and a variety of our questionnaires to download.
Sigma also operate an email list enabling people to keep up to-date with their latest reports and other news.