Pozhet and the Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service (MHAHS) have partnered to develop an animation about stigma. Both services work with people living with HIV from diverse communities, many of whom report feeling isolated and stigmatised within the general community. Pozhet consumers have consistently expressed frustration at the lack of awareness about HIV in the community, particularly regarding heterosexuals and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
The animation aims to increase the community’s awareness that HIV is a manageable condition and that people living with HIV (PLHIV) on treatment can
- Live long healthy lives
- Have healthy children
- Have relationships without passing on HIV to others
Cultural Support Workers from diverse cultural backgrounds and Pozhet consumers were involved in the development of the project. The animation using blood drop characters without dialogue, and simple and clear messages to tell a story about a family living with HIV.
People on HIV treatment can enjoy long and healthy lives
People on HIV treatment can have healthy babies free of HIV
People on HIV treatment can have relationships without passing HIV to others