Friday, 30 October 2015

HIV video fest

Mini film festivals were a key part of the Community and Advocacy Hubs hosted by AFAO at ASHM’s last two national HIV conferences, and also at AIDS 2014. 

This year, once again, we had an awesome selection of videos from our members and other HIV sector partners, with the videos running on a continuous loop between Hub presentations.

Here’s a selection from the program. There were so many that we can’t share them all, so make sure you click through to the organisations’ channels for more.

People living with HIV

Being HIV Positive: What Is HIV?

A joint project of The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), Positive Life NSW (PLNSW), the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and Janssen-Cilag Pty Limited (Janssen-Cilag)

This video, which provides a basic introduction to HIV treatment, features HIV specialist doctors Kate Clezy and Dick Quan and cameos from several well-known HIV-positive advocates. It’s part of a series of videos that address a range of issues including HIV prevention, testing, and the experience of living with HIV in the era of effective treatments.

The full Being HIV Positive series is available from Positive Life NSW’s YouTube channel.

Positive Speakers Bureau (PSB)

Positive Life NSW

Trained, passionate and committed members of the community living with HIV share their experiences to educate and help reduce myths and discrimination in a series of PSB videos. In this video, Michelle talks about how positive speakers can help young people stay safe.

The full series is available from Positive Life NSW’s YouTube channel.

Living positive with HIV/hepatitis C coinfection

Living Positive Victoria

In 2014, Living Positive Victoria (LPV) produced a series of short videos about gay men’s experiences of HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) coinfection, for use in peer education and support and to raise awareness about the acquisition of hepatitis C through sexual contact.

In this video, Living Positive CEO Brent Allan talks about his experience of living with both HIV and HCV and clearing HCV through treatment. Brent also comments on the impact of HCV-related stigma, and the importance of HCV awareness and prevention.

The full series of videos is available on LPV’s YouTube channel.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander youth

HIV free generation

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC)

The HIV Free Generation clip aims to educate young people about HIV prevention. This video was produced for the AH&MRC by the Deadly Awards winning band, The Last Kinection.

Check out their other videos or for more information about AH&MRC's projects around HIV, visit

Gammin’ But True: Short Clips about Your Bits

Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH), Victoria

This series of video skits, made by a group of young Aboriginal people who took part in the CERSH Smart and Deadly Drama Group, promotes condom use to protect against HIV, sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies.

The video is also available on DVD from CERSH, and you can view more clips on the Smart and Deadly YouTube channel.

HIV prevention

Sexy Test video series!


The Sexy Tests video series, which features members of the Melbourne gay community, highlights the need for sexually adventurous men who have sex with men to get tested four times a year at services like the PRONTO! rapid testing site.

Teaser videos were released weekly and reached over 40,000 people on Facebook. This video is the full length version.

More info about the campaign here.

The giant condom


In 2014, ACON installed a launched a giant 18 metre condom on a Sydney landmark, the Hyde Park Obelisk. This six day installation was part of the I’M ON stage of ACON’s Ending HIV campaign. It included four ambassadors on the ground engaging with the public and giving away condoms.

The giant condom captured the imagination of the media worldwide. It’s estimated to have reached 12.8 million people, and 10 million people via social media.

Time to Test


Of course we also screened a video from one of our own campaigns, The 'Time to Test' campaign, which encourages gay men to get tested for HIV more frequently.

You can check out the full campaign at

HIV & the law

Sex work: the case for decriminalisation

Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association

This video made by sex workers about sex work, outlines why decriminalisation is the safest approach to regulating the sex industry. It includes footage from Scarlet Alliance actions, sex workers speaking about the impact of different laws, addresses common myths about sex work, and encourages viewers to support a campaign against proposals to replace decriminalisation with licensing in NSW.

Check out other Scarlet Alliance videos.

HIV Justice

POZ Action (National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), PLHIV membership)

This short animation explores the impact of laws that criminalise HIV transmission and exposure and explains why criminalising HIV transmission and non-disclosure is counterproductive to preventing HIV transmission.

More info about Poz Action

Multicultural communities

Powerful Women

Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre Inc. WA (MMRC)

This motivational short film, co-produced by community members, calls on African women in Western Australia to speak up, get tested and use protection.

Multicultural Youth Drive

PEACE Multicultural Services, South Australia

Multicultural Youth Drive provides a platform for young people of multicultural backgrounds to realise their potentials in music and arts and at the same time promote health messages to their peers and their community.

This short film is about supporting people with HIV, rather than stigmatising them.

See more videos on the Multicultural Youth Drive channel

Love Game: ‘Football for HIV Awareness’

WA AIDS Council, MMRC WA, EMO Community Services, From Nothing to Something youth led movement

The Love Game is a football tournament in WA that brings together communities, raises awareness of HIV and celebrates the most popular sport in the world.




TestBKK aims to increase HIV testing uptake among young MSM living in Bangkok. Using community-based approaches and a strong social media element the campaign released six short videos that addressed the barriers to HIV testing in a humourous and engaging way.

The video Birthday Surprise was a viral sensation, attracting more than 500,000 views on YouTube in less than 24 hours and gaining attention from the Gaily Grind, Huffington Post and Queerity.

Check out more videos on the TestBKK channel

From a whisper to a ROAR!

Youth Voices Count in partnership with APCOM

The IGNITE! mentoring program paired eight young gay and transgender activists with more experienced activists in their countries in a five day program that explored human rights, gender and sexuality, effective interventions, media and communications and programme development.

The eight pairs (from India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam) produced a video to highlight the issues that are important to them.

More information

International students

Be Safe. Stay Well

WA Health

The Be Safe. Stay Well videos have been developed for international students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to support their understanding of sexual health topics and the health care system in WA.

This video discusses the importance of safe sex, and includes thoughts from international students on why they practice safe sex.

Other videos address STIs, health service costs, and sex and the law. The videos are available on the WA Health website.

Teaching resources

Teaching strategies to support cultural diversity in the classroom

Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH)

The Voices of Sexuality Education resource consists of 22 short videos designed to support teachers and health workers teaching sexuality education.

The videos include the perspectives of young people and their parents/carers from a range of cultural backgrounds, belief systems, abilities/disabilities, and from rural locations, as well as sexuality education professionals. This video is about same sex attracted and gender diverse students and families.

The full resource is available here.

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