25 October 2016

Networking through the SWIFT community has led to the development of a partnership between Dr Katharine Low (Lecturer in Applied Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and the HIV and sexual health charity NAZ.   This has resulted in two ongoing projects:

  • MA Applied Theatre students  worked on the 1000 Women project helping to develop monologues for the website
  • BA Drama, Applied Theatre & Education students worked in collaboration with NAZ, using stories and facts gathered by NAZ to develop workshops considering stigma and HIV for young people to take into primary and secondary schools in London. 

11 May 2016

The 3rd SWIFT workshop will be held in Central London on the afternoon of 11 May 2016.  The theme of the workshop will be “Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing” All current members of SWIFT will receive an email invitation. More details soon.


29 September 2015

Over 40 SWIFT members attended the2nd SWIFT workshop in Central London on 29September 2015.  The theme of the workshop was “Telling others about HIV”.  We heard the chair of SWIFT Yvonne Gilleece give an overview of international work on HIV and what is sometimes termed “disclosure”.   Professor Matthew Weait talked about HIV disclosure and the law.  Finally we heard some powerful personal accounts from an expert panel of women living with HIV.  All talks are available here.  Following presentations, we broke out into smaller groups to start brainstorming research ideas and heard about the latest developments with our website.



28 April 2015

We were delighted to welcome over 30 members from across the UK and Ireland to our inaugural SWIFT meeting in Central London.  We heard an overview of the project from our chair Yvonne Gilleece, and had an insight into an exciting new research project looking at the menopause and HIV from Steering Group member Shema Tariq.  After some networking time, the group came together to brainstorm key themes in research in HIV and women.  These themes will inform the development of our special interest groups.