NATIONAL AIDS COUNCIL

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

PRESS RELEASE

December 28, 1999

PAPUA NEW GUINEA'S FIRST VIDEO FEATURE OF A PERSON LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS, "BEREM" RELEASED

The National AIDS Council has just produced a 20 minute video of the life of Joseph Berem from Togoba in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

The film tells the story about Joe and his family, relatives and friends accepting him even though he is HIV positive.

The film tells about the kind of support he gets from them, how he has decided to face the reality of being infected with the virus and tells the story of support from his wife and children.

In this film Joe challenges people living with the virus not to spread it and also to come out and join the fight against the epidemic.

He also challenges HIV positive people to live positively in their daily activities. He believes that HIV people can make a change in the fight against the epidemic.

This is the first film made by an HIV/AIDS patient in Papua New Guinea.

He has now established an NGO with his wife, which is involved in identifying and talking to HIV/AIDS patients in PNG.

He has presented papers at international conferences in the Asia-Pacific region and is a member of the South East Asia Network of Positive People.

The tape will be launched by the Vice Minister for Health, Hon. Ludger Mon, MP when the Prime Minister and Minister for Health, Rt. Hon. Sir Mekere Morauta, addresses the nation on Karai National Radio during the World AIDS Day Dinner at the Gateway Hotel, Port Moresby, National Capital District on December 30, 1999.

Kal Indistange Information, Education and Communication Officer

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