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Life Growing Up

‘Life Growing Up’ 

Life Growing Up has been created from the real life experiences of young people who have grown up living with HIV. The short film explores critical issues of living with HIV including finding out about your HIV diagnosis maintaining medication adherence and clinic engagement, telling a friend or partner about your HIV, and the emotional and social impacts HIV can bring to young people's lives. The film aims to raise awareness and understanding of the experiences and needs of young people living with HIV. 

We are delighted to announce that Life Growing Up has been unveiled on the shortlist for the 2020 Charity Film Awards.

The Charity Film Awards celebrates the effective use of video by the third sector to change mindsets, raise awareness for the charity or fundraise.

65,000 people took part in the public voting stage to determine the shortlist. The Charity Film Awards panel of expert judges, which includes high profile names from entertainment, business, politics and media. The winners of the Charity Film Awards 2020 will be announced a gala ceremony in central London, in the Spring.

Celebrity Ambassadors for Charity Film Awards include; Mariella Frostrup, Quentin Willson, Jason Bell and Chris Warburton.

CHIVA has been shortlisted alongside other leading names from the charity sector. For more information, please visit    



A group of young people living with HIV from across the UK, participated in an arts engagement programme delivered by CHIVA during 2018, in partnership with the Lyric Hammersmith, and Turtle Key Arts. The group spent one weekend, and later, one week, working with creative professionals to explore their experiences of living with HIV.  They worked with musicians, spoken word artists and performance art facilitators, to express and examine their experiences, challenges and successes. Alongside this process, participants had in-depth one to one interviews with writers and storytellers Danny Scheinman and Sarah Sutcliffe, who then used these interviews to inform the script of Life Growing Up. The script was devised into a physical performance piece featuring three actors, and the performance piece was then developed into the film. 

CHIVA formally launched the film in the UK on Friday 30th November 2018 to mark World AIDS Day. This followed the successful premier of the live performance at the International AIDS Society Conference in Amsterdam in July 2018 which was very well received. 

Performances have also taken place at the BHIVA and CHIVA conferences, and further plans are in place to take the piece into schools, both the live performance and the film, where it would be shown alongside a workshop activity to explore the issues raised.