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Silvia Petretti

5th October 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Silvia Petretti
Silvia Petretti
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 Nation 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!

The conversation with Sylvia

The full conversation
[61.4 MB]

Intro by Phil Owen – Governor of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
[2.0 MB]

Intro to Sylvia – what was your reaction to diagnosis in 1997 in Italy
[3.0 MB]

Did you disclose to friends and family
[3.0 MB]

What made you come to the UK
[3.0 MB]

Dating and disclosure difficulties
[4.0 MB]

What have been your worst experiences of dealing with stigma
[2.0 MB]

Overcoming internalised stigma and coming out as HIV positive
[2.0 MB]

A statue was made of you – how did that come about
[3.0 MB]

You have said HIV is about relationships not biology
[2.0 MB]

How can we best go forward in empowering young women
[902 Kb]

What are the most important aspects for you in the fight against HIV today
[2.0 MB]

What drives you on in HIV activism
[907 Kb]

Audience Q & A and conclusion
[7.6 MB]


5th October 2016
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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3rd Floor, Lift Bank C, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road
London, SW10 9NH United Kingdom
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020 3315 8000