Virtual Candle Light Memorial 2020

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Service is on 17 May 2020. In light of the restrictions on events and gatherings that can take place within New Zealand due to COVID 19, we are encouraging people to mark the annual AIDS Candlelight Memorial in a more personal way this year.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is a time for people to remember the many lives lost to AIDS. It is also a time to honour the people who dedicated their lives to helping people living with and affected by HIV and to continue to mobilise our communities in solidarity. People living with HIV started the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial in 1983 and since then there have been thousands of events organized across the world by community-based organisations. Such events have helped raise awareness about HIV and more importantly, have helped break down stigma within our communities

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is much more than just a memorial. It serves as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS. With almost 38 million people living with HIV today, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations.

As we are not able to come together to commemorate this year, Body Positive has set up a virtual message board.

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