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 such as maintaining medication adherence and clinic engagement, telling a friend or partner about your HIV, the challenges of medication adherence 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.


A group of young people living with HIV from across the UK, participated in an arts engagement programme delivered by CHIVA 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 this performance piece was then developed into the film. 

CHIVA formally launched the film in the UK on Friday 30th November 2018 for World AIDS Day. Following on from the successful premier of the live performance of ‘Life Growing Up’ at the International AIDS Society Conference in Amsterdam in July which was very well received. A performance will also take place at the 2019 CHIVA Conference. 

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