With Valentine’s Day still fresh in the mind, SignHealth has released a new film about HIV and relationships. It might not be romantic, but it is certainly important.
The film tells the story of a young couple very much in love. But, as they consider taking their relationship further they have some decisions to make.
‘The Test’ was commissioned by SignHealth as part of its recent work on HIV, funded by Public Health England. This included running workshops with Deaf young people. Nicky Flynn, who was involved with the programme, said: “In schools we met Deaf children who didn’t understand the basics of consent and safe relationships. One girl said she didn’t realise she could say no. So, we had to go back to basics before we could even introduce the topic of HIV.”
The film was scripted, directed and produced by Charlie Swinbourne from Eyewitness Media. Asked why he was keen to be involved, Charlie said:
“Sexual health awareness among young deaf people is a subject I’ve written about before, and feel really strongly about, so I was was honoured to be commissioned to make this short film. The aim is to put across vital information and send out a strong message in BSL through the three characters seen on screen. I’m very thankful for the hard work of the three actors in portraying a sensitive subject, and I hope the film will have a strong impact and potentially change outcomes in young deaf people’s lives.”
You can watch the short film below and please share the link with others.
You can find more information in BSL about HIV on this site.
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