LAST week, HIV support charity, Sahir House, hosted a spectacular film night at FACT, Liverpool, in the hope of raising awareness of the disease.
The event, which followed World AIDS Day 2014 on December 1, saw two specially selected films, Now and Then and Test, tackle the subject of the damaging disease and highlight the effect of this condition on friends and family.
The Now and Then film which opened the special night was an eight-minute documentary by director, Danny Kilbride, which focussed on the individual stories of nine local people living with HIV, and the feature film, Test, was a 2013 film based in San Francisco in 1985 which portrays the issues surrounding the testing of HIV and the attitudes towards the disease, as well as the promotion of condoms, at the time.
Serena Cavanagh, public relations officer at Sahir House, said: “The film night at FACT was very successful. We wanted to raise awareness of HIV and Sahir House’s work. We have been supporting the HIV cause since the 1980’s in the Merseyside area.”
She continued: “Once a month FACT joins with Liverpool Pride to discuss LGBT issues, and, with World AIDS Day the week earlier, Sahir House united with both to commend of the journey people take with HIV.”
The Now and Then project, created by Sahir House, focuses on those living with HIV and features stories from those affected, with two exhibitions which will run until the end of February 2015.
The emotional exhibitions showcase an archive of three decades of the disease, and are currently on display at the Museum of Liverpool and Liverpool Central library.
Sahir House urge those affected by the disease to visit sahir.org.uk for more information and advice.