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Village Six screens series on HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A MINI television series which aims to raise the awareness of young people about HIV/AIDS will be launched today.

The series, titled Love Patrol, was produced in partnership with the Wan Smolbag Theatre of Vanuatu and the AusAID-funded Pacific Regional HIV Project (PRHP).

It was developed in response to the growing issues related to the high rate of STIs among young people and similar issues which finds young people at great risk, according to a statement by PRHP.

"The TV series is in response to the slow but growing number of HIV infections, high teenage pregnancies, lack of discourse on sex and risk-taking behaviours in Pacific communities.

"As such, there is the need to identify and develop a form of educational material that such a population can relate to,"the PRHP statement said.

The series includes 10 episodes and centres on the life of a detective who works in a police station in an urban centre somewhere in the Pacific. The detective, named Mark, desperately wants his wife to have a child but gets caught up with Rita, a singer in a bar.

The series also involves a gang of boys who steal from a minister's house and the search for the boys exposes the other side of paradise'.

The mini-series aims to look at the causes for the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.

The premiere will be held from 6pm to 9pm today at Village Six Cinemas in Suva.