The Brownlee HIV Patient Forum, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) and Scottish Youth Theatre have formed a partnership to stage short dramatic pieces designed to provoke thought, challenge and confront HIV-related stigma.
In an era where HIV can be controlled with good treatment and care, stigma has been described as the single biggest challenge. Stigma not only restricts the lives of those living with HIV, but also acts as the main barrier to prevention in the UK and abroad.
John Barber of the Brownlee HIV Patient Forum said: “We are also aware that across NHSGGC people living with HIV are still experiencing stigma and discrimination when attending healthcare services. This is unfair, unjust and unacceptable.”
To tackle the partnership has taken a different approach, one informed and shaped directly by patient experience and feedback. As part of this the Brownlee HIV Patient Forum and Scottish Youth Theatre collaborated to create short dramatic pieces. These scenes illustrate how poor knowledge and attitudes across health staff can affect those living with HIV.
Barber commented further: “Our plans are that they will form part of a larger campaign and other resources being developed to tackle HIV-related stigma within healthcare.
“This event will be the first time the scenes are performed live in public and we are looking for feedback on them and our approach from those living with, affected by and working with HIV. Together we can put and end to Stigma.”
The event HIV Stigma – What’s all the drama? Will take place on Wednesday 12November at the Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow.