Sunday May 20th 2018 is the 35th annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. Register now and join organisations around the world to remember the friends and family we lost and raise awareness about HIV with this year’s theme “Reflecting on our Past, Preparing for our Future!”
When the AIDS Candlelight Memorial was first held in 1983, no-one could have predicted the scale and impact of the global HIV epidemic that is now well into its third decade. With millions of lives lost and close to 37 million people currently living with the HIV, we, as a global community, remain profoundly challenged by this epidemic. For some, HIV has become a manageable chronic disease, yet for far too many HIV is a daily life or death struggle for treatment and care, adequate food, housing, and income, often in the face of pervasive HIV-related stigma, discrimination and violence. The HIV epidemic continues to shine a light on the injustices and exclusion in our societies, while opening space for continued solidarity and resistance by all of our beloved communities that have carried the weight of this epidemic, including gay men, transgender people, sex workers, people who use drugs, women and girls, and adolescents and children.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial reminds us of the tremendous impact that HIV and the AIDS movement have had on our lives. The Memorial emphasizes the need for people living with and affected by HIV to join hands and reflect on the past and the precious lives that have been lost. The Memorial also calls on us to share our stories of challenge, perseverance, and triumph to educate the current and next generations about what the AIDS movement has achieved over the last three decades. Finally, the Memorial asks to work together, now more than ever, to sustain, strengthen and revitalize our worldwide response to HIV by looking forward and preparing for our future free of HIV-related stigma and discrimination and with universal access to the full range of human rights, including quality prevention, treatment and care services for all.
To register your local AIDS Candlelight Memorial, go to https://www.candlelightmemorial.org/ and click 'Register now'. After creating an account you will be able to administer the memorial events you are organizing.
You can now also download the poster, accompanying email banner and Community Coordinator guide from our Resources.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilisation campaigns for HIV awareness. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May. It is coordinated at the global level by the Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+).
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