The SHARE Collaborative
SHARE brings together leading experts to investigate the inequalities that lead to poor sexual health and HIV, especially in minoritised communities across East London. We aim to ensure no one is left behind.
Established in the heart of East London’s diverse community, the SHARE Collaborative is embedded within one of the largest NHS Sexual Health and HIV services and is supported by a multidisciplinary university of international standing.
SHARE brings together the expertise of Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London.
In partnership with our local community and in collaboration with the wider health and care economy, SHARE aims to deliver high-quality research that drives health equity and ensures no one is left behind.
Challenges in the East End
Barts Health NHS Trust is the regional hub for HIV for North East London and has a clinical centre that delivers care to around 6,000 people living with HIV. There are particular challenges in the racially diverse and socio-economically deprived East End communities that are served by Barts Health. These include:
High infection rate
Some of the highest rates of HIV infection and worst HIV outcomes in the UK are found in the boroughs of Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets.
The disparities in health outcomes are largely due to late diagnosis of HIV, weak engagement with healthcare and the effects of other health conditions (co-morbidities).