Help fight HIV stigma in Greater Manchester’s BME communities

BHA – a health and social care charity focusing on health and social care inequalities - has created a new play exploring HIV-related stigma in BME communities.

Funded by Public Health England and called ‘I am because we are’, the play is based on the testimonies of people living with HIV in Manchester today. It looks beyond urban myths to tell the human stories of daily life with the disease to combat stigma, encourage testing and foster acceptance. The play will performed in seven Greater Manchester boroughs, aiming to reach audiences who have historically been unresponsive to conventional methods of addressing HIV stigma and its prevention.

BHA is currently looking for venues to host the play for one-off performances between 8 and 21 October and wants to invite groups and communities from local areas to come and watch it.

Examples of the types of venues already secured include BME community centres, churches, community arts venues and support centres for asylum seekers and refugees.

If you can offer a space for the performance, large or small, all the performance arrangements will be taken care of by BHA.

Contact Chloe Courtney to find out more on or email

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