HIV Conversations @the MediCinema


Wednesday 5th October, 2016


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road


HIV Conversations is a new initiative at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where each month, a different speaker explores different aspects of living with HIV, such as diagnosis, fighting stigma, love, dating and sex. Staged in the hospital’s state-of-the-art MediCinema, which the public are invited to attend. The HIV Conversations take place on first Wednesday of each month 5 to 6pm.

Silvia Petretti

Silvia Petretti is a woman living with HIV and advocate for the human rights of people living with HIV. She was diagnosed in 1997 and since 2005 she has been openly living with HIV, because she believes it is a powerful tool to challenge the stigma and prejudices directed towards women living with HIV. Silvia is coordinator of Poz-Fem UK, the British national network of women living with HIV, which she co-founded in 2004. She has been working with Positively UK for 16 years and is now leading the organization as Deputy CEO. Silvia is chair of the UK Community Advisory Board, a national network of treatment advocates. Silvia is an experienced trainer and public speakers and one of the authors of the SHE toolkit: a manual to enable women living with HIV in Europe to develop peer support groups – the manual has been translated in 10 languages. Silvia represented the Global Network of People Living with HIV at the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS in 2011 by giving a keynote speech. Silvia also writes a blog about HIV and activism: Speaking Up!

Sound recordings of the previous conversations are archived online.

The colourful MediCinema is on the 3rd floor (Lift Bank C) and has capacity for 40 seats, 6 wheelchairs and 4 beds, which as well as providing conference facilities, enables patients to enjoy time away from wards.

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