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Thriving – a filmed performance poem depicts the lived experience of women with HIV
To commemorate World AIDS Day 2023, and raise awareness of U=U and HIV-related stigma, watch this inspiring filmed performance poem featuring seven remarkable women living with HIV.
Please share Thriving or screen at your World AIDS Day event 2023 on Friday, 1 December.
Filmed in Australia, Thriving was a collaboration between seven women living with HIV and performance poet Fleassy Malay with filmmaker Ryan Lee Adams.
Produced by Positive Women Victoria (from Australia) with an unrestricted grant from ViiV Healthcare Australia.
If you are in Melbourne, Australia, please join us for a public screening at Federation Square from 12:30pm to 1:00pm on World AIDS Day, Friday, 1 December 2023.
READ THE MEDIA RELEASE: ViiV Healthcare Australia – World AIDS Day Media Release
Thriving is a beautiful, inspiring and emotional filmed performance poem featuring seven women living with HIV who collaborated with Melbourne performance poet Fleassy Malay and speaks of the importance of visibility and inclusion for women with HIV.
The aim of Thriving is to raise awareness of the experiences of women living with HIV and the HIV-related stigma they face as well as the global U=U message (Undetectable equals Untransmittable). U=U is based on more than 20 years of scientific evidence that a person with HIV who is on antiretroviral treatment and has an undetectable viral load, can not transmit HIV sexually.
Thriving will be shared publicly with Australian and international audiences for the first time on World AIDS Day on the 1 December 2023. More than half of the 38 million people living with HIV globally are girls and women, and HIV-related stigma impacts their physical and mental wellbeing, and often on a daily basis. They live in fear of their HIV status being shared with others; they can be rejected by family, friends, employers and community if found out; they can be criminalised; and they often have their sexual and reproductive rights denied.
Thriving was written by Fleassy Malay in collaboration with women living with HIV who reflected on their experiences in a series of workshops and was produced by Positive Women Victoria with an unrestricted grant from ViiV Healthcare Australia.
“We have blossomed in the harshest of terrain. Warded off plague and blame, and found a place to place our roots. We are fragrant, vibrant, and brimming with life.”
Words from Thriving, a filmed performance poem