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Poster for Lovesick
Across the world, over 36 million people live with HIV, many in places where HIV/AIDS is unspeakable. So, how do you find love & marriage when you are HIV+?

Watch the trailer. 

This event will include a screening of Lovesick, followed by a panel discussion and a social event.

In 1986, Dr Suniti Solomon discovered India’s first case of HIV. But without medicines, she could only console patients who “other doctors weren’t even willing to touch.” She quit her prestigious academic post in microbiology and founded YRG CARE, one of India’s first HIV/AIDS clinics.


Back then, HIV was a death sentence. Today, thanks to affordable generic drugs, Dr Solomon’s patients live longer, healthier lives – and, like all young Indians, face the pressure to marry. At 72, in the twilight of her career, Dr Solomon finds herself in a new role: marriage matchmaker. 

LOVESICK interweaves Dr Solomon’s unconventional personal and professional journeys with the lives of two patients: Karthik, a reticent bachelor, and Manu, a bubbly IT professional who, like many women in India, was infected by her first husband. As Karthik and Manu search for love, they learn how to survive under the shadow of HIV.

Eight years in the making, LOVESICK is a surprising portrait of modern love in the age of AIDS.

Dr Solomon died in India in 2015.

Dr Soloman's Lancet obituary.

A profile of Dr Soloman in the American Society of Microbiology.


The panel discussion, moderated by Dr Toral Gathani, included:

Ann Kim, film director
Professor Christophe Fraser (Nuffield Department of Medicine)
Dr Tanvi Rai (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences)
Dr Priya Lall (Oxford Population Health)


The Oxford Festival of Global Health is led by Toral Gathani, Sarah Lewington, Hannah Calkin and Graham Bagley. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments or complete the online form to be added to the mailing list.

The Oxford Festival of Global Health is financially supported by a grant awarded to Toral Gathani and Sarah Lewington from the Van Houten Fund at the University of Oxford.


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'This was an excellent event (absolutely loved it). This was my first global health event and as someone who had little understanding of HIV before the event, this was a great event that helped me learn more about the disease but also positively challenged my biases and limited knowledge regarding the subject. I am excited for the next event - Thank you for hosting.'

'Brilliant film. Toral is a superb host/co-founder. Panel discussion was on point and well orchestrated. Great atmosphere. Networking opportunities aplenty.'

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