To celebrate World AIDS DAY Belfast Health and Social Care Trust’s Sexual Health Training Team in association with Belfast Film Festival, will be screening Philadelphia in the Post Grad Centre lecture theatre in the Belfast City Hospital.
Philadelphia lawyer, Andy Beckett, is fired from his job after he starts to become sick. The law firm where he works claims that they fired Andy because he was no longer a good lawyer, but Andy is convinced that the real reason he was fired is because his bosses found out that he had AIDS. As it is illegal in the US to fire somebody simply because they have a disease, Andy therefore decides to sue (file a lawsuit) against his former bosses for illegally firing him. For Andy and his family, the lawsuit will come to represent a major fight against prejudice, and a fight for justice.
World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
Being diagnosed with HIV today means something very different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. HIV is no longer a death sentence. However, people’s attitudes can make living with HIV really hard. Some things from the 1980s and 1990s are worth revisiting, but HIV stigma isn’t one of them. It’s time to end HIV stigma.
HIV STIGMA: NOT RETRO, JUST WRONG (National Aids Trust 2016)
Bring family and friends, help to support those living with HIV and together we can stamp out stigma