What is it like to be a young person growing up with HIV today?
This was one of the questions explored by a group of 15–17-year-olds in their animation, Growing up with HIV, which appeared within a display at the Science Museum to mark World AIDS Day in 2014.
The young people, all living with HIV in the London area, worked with NCB and the Science Museum to produce a video which presents aspects of HIV science through the story of a young person growing up with HIV in the UK.
It highlights how massive advances in HIV testing, treatment and prevention enabled individuals with the virus in 2014 to live healthy, fulfilling lives. Watch the video below:
Aimed at audiences aged 11+, Growing up with HIV featured in the Science Museum’s ‘The end of AIDS?’ display that sat within the popular Who Am I? gallery. The display also included personal objects and text provided by the young people and used personal stories to highlight the struggles, successes and misconceptions people with HIV deal with today.
The project provided an important public platform for a group of young people whose voices are seldom heard to offer a special insight into HIV.
'The end of AIDS?' was on display from December 2014 until March 2015. The display case is funded by the Wellcome Trust and its content changes regularly.
The Science Museum is the world's leading authority on the cultural impact of science, which welcomes up to 3 million visitors each year.