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Fact or Fiction? Film and Education Pack Launch - 08.10.12

On Monday 8th October, in the House of Lords, HIVsport launched 'Fact or Fiction?', an omnibus film made by young people from Europe and Africa.

In the House of Lords today, the HIV and sexual health charity HIVsport that uses sport to raise awareness, launched 'Fact or Fiction?' an omnibus film made by young people from Europe and Africa.

The film and associated education pack, available for use from have been produced by HIVsport as part of the Millennium Development Goals Realisation Project, funded by the European Commission’s EuropeAid programme.

A delegation of partner organisations from four countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Italy and South Africa) has convened in London for a series of EuropeAid meetings in support of this programme of work. The meetings culminated in a lunchtime reception in the River Room of the House of Lords, hosted by HIVsport Patron, Baroness Joyce Gould of Potternewton. Speakers at this event included the Rt. Hon Lord Speaker and Dr. David Hawkins, Chair of HIVsport.

“The energy and quality of the ideas from all the young people engaged in this project has been excellent. HIVsport is delighted to be able to launch ‘Fact or Fiction?’ today in the House of Lords in the presence of our European Colleagues and film makers from South Africa”, said Dr David Hawkins.

Photography by Effren Sergio Hernandez

An award was given to young film makers from South Africa as part of this event followed by presentations from winners of London's Sex Factor Ideas 2012 (another competition that engaged young people about sexual health, linked to the 2012 Olympic Sexual Health Legacy Programme).

This event aims to share the benefits of engagement with young people while raising awareness about sexual health and HIV.

HIVsport was part of a European partnership funded by EuropeAid. The lead partner of our Millennium Development Goals Realisation Project was the Open Education Centre Foundation in Bulgaria. The objective of this project was to encourage young people and educators from Europe (Bulgaria, Romania, Italy and the UK) and Southern Africa to take action to deal with problems in their communities in support of realisation of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

HIVsport ran an international competition that encouraged young people to create a short film that illustrated how sport can raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. This could be interpreted in any way they chose, keeping in mind that the purpose of this film was to be used to educate young people in Europe and Southern Africa.

Each film deals with two different issues concerning HIV and AIDS and how sport can help raise awareness and educate young people about HIV and AIDS.

The education pack supports each short film and focuses on two topics for discussion that are raised at the beginning and end of each film. The education pack can be downloaded directly from the HIVsport homepage,

This project is funded by the European Union.

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Durex for their support


Durex's vision is that of an HIV-free world.

We have an overriding commitment to sexual health and a strong track record of supporting initiatives to raise awareness of HIV prevention for all.

This is why we are proud to sponsor HIVsport in its effort to promote sexual health in the field of sport.

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