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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. 

Background

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.