People living with HIV told us that:
Here are some examples:
“They asked me ‘how did you get HIV’...it had nothing to do with why I was there!”
“After they found out I had HIV they put another pair of gloves on top of the ones they already had on.”
“It was an open ward and I could hear the nurse talking about ‘the HIV patient’ in bed six!”
“When you experience stigma it knocks your confidence...you feel like you did when you were first diagnosed.”
“You just get The Look. An immediate judgement ... as if you did something wrong to deserve it.”
The Brownlee HIV patient forum suggested that drama might be an excellent way to reflect and validate HIV+ people’s lived experiences. In collaboration with Scottish Youth Theatre short dramatic scenes were developed by a BAFTA award wining writer and the Brownlee Centre patients.