Challenging the stigma of HIV

Talking HIV is a video collaboration between Avert and The Sussex Beacon.

The short films and audio clips are a collection of real-life conversations between people who have been affected by the stigma of HIV.


Avert have been making Talking HIV films for some time. This was the first occasion where they produced Brighton-based recordings. With the help of The Sussex Beacon and our fantastic volunteers, they created new films.

Each Talking HIV episode covers something different.

  • from testing for HIV
  • living with HIV
  • HIV stigma and discrimination
  • self-stigma and a whole lot more.

Talking HIV is a great way to find out more about HIV and how it affects people’s day-to-day lives. This includes relationships, families, careers, and life outlook affected by HIV stigma.

Talking HIV is also a way to reflect on your own experiences. The films may help you to understand that you’re not alone.

To share your experiences, you can comment on Avert’s Facebook page.

Got a longer story you’d like to share? Maybe you’d like to record your own Talking HIV! You can get in touch with Avert here.

Episode 1 – Fear of the Clinic

Episode 2 – Challenging Stigma


“Speaking Volumes” Project

Alice Booth, who is part of the Health Management team at the Sussex Beacon, started the Speaking Volumes Project about three years ago

The project was designed as a way to give people living with HIV a voice and a chance for their stories to be heard by the public.

As part of this project, Alice recruited 15 people to share their stories, who had attended arts based workshops to prepare them to do this. Each story was then recorded, and later edited and put inside hollowed out books, which are displayed on the bookcase in the Sussex Beacon’s dining room. All the stories are divided up into 2-5 minute tracks, so anyone interested can listen to them if you only have a few minutes, or sit for longer if you have the time. The stories are also available on the Speaking Volumes website, where you can listen to them at your leisure –