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Title: How to Survive a Plague screening at Taking Part activists group
Post by: Silvia Petretti on February 4 2015, 12:34 pm
Dear friends,

The next Taking Part meeting will be a screening of the award winning documentary 'How to Survive a Plague’ which looks at the birth of AIDS activism in the 80’s and the history of the activists group ACT UP which were instrumental in making ARV’s available. (watch the trailer here ( )

The film will be followed by a discussion with Simon Watney, a UK  activist who  was, among many other things,  also involved with ACT UP.
Simon Watney is a British writer, art historian, and AIDS activist. His 1987 article, "The Spectacle of AIDS", was included in The Gay and Lesbian Studies Reader. ]He published Policing Desire: Pornography, AIDS and the Media in 1997 and Imagine Hope: AIDS and the Gay Identity in 2002.  His latest book is Twenty Sussex Churches. You can read an interview with Simon here : (

The meeting will be:
Thursday 26th of February
from 5:30 to 8:30
Positively UK
345 City Road

Please confirm your attendance with me as places are limited :

Warm Regards,

Silvia Petretti

Title: Re: How to Survive a Plague screening at Taking Part activists group
Post by: Silvia Petretti on February 25 2015, 04:14 pm
Dear All a reminder that we still have places for the screening of How to Survive the Plague tomorrow 26th February (see details in the post above)

There is only a slight change as our speaker Simon Watney had to cancel.

The Q & A will be lead by another activists Ben Collins: Ben is the head of International HIV Partnerships, a resource consultancy, which builds partnerships with community activists, clinicians, researchers, international organisations, industry and governments for successful responses to HIV and hepatitis.

He has been HIV+ since 1981 and active in HIV as a volunteer, study patient, activist, administrator and consultant since 1985 at Project Inform, a US-based treatment and research information and advocacy organisation.

He’s lived in Europe since 2000 and is a member of EATG, the European AIDS Treatment Group; a founder of NeLP, the network of low HIV prevalence in Central and South East Europe; and a founder of ReShape , a UK think tank to reshape the response to HIV, hepatitis and related sexual and mental health concerns

He lives in London with his partner of 21 years.

There are only a few places left so if you are coming please let me know.

Taking Part is a group of people living with HIV,  supported by Positively UK, who are interested in activism and  want to  develop  skills and build opportunities to influence health and social care decision making, and attitudes towards HIV. We meet once a month and  have capacity building workshops, or focused discussions on key topics. The project is open to all  people living with HIV in London who want to get involved, or are already involved. Taking Part is a  peer led initiative: by people living with HIV for people living with HIV.