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The National Aids Manual was founded in 1987 by Peter Scott, of the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard. The initial onset of the pandemic caused confusion and panic, with irrational reactions to the disease. There was a need for a calm and factual source of reliable information about the condition both for those affected by it or treating it, and for the general public, so that things could calm down. The Manual quickly became the UK’s primary source of HIV information.
At first the ‘Manual’ was a huge ring binder containing all the available information on HIV and AIDS and treatments.
There is now a web based information and news service.