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International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial - Registration Open

In solidarity: 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial - 19 May 2013

The theme of the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is "In solidarity". On Sunday 19 May 2013, for the 30th time, grassroots organizations worldwide will commemorate the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. Communities will raise awareness around HIV, stand together with people living with HIV and remember the loved ones lost to HIV and AIDS. Registration for Memorial 2013 has opened at www.candlelightmemorial.org.

The theme of "In solidarity" emphasizes the need for people living with and affected by HIV to join hands and work together in the response to HIV. Solidarity in communities is essential to reduce stigma and promote the involvement of people living with HIV in order to ensure a more effective HIV response. Only together as communities can we advocate for universal access to quality health and social services.

Organising the memorial for the 30th time is no reason for celebration. When the AIDS Candlelight Memorial was held first in 1983, no-one could have predicted the scale of the global epidemic. With millions of lives lost and around 33 million people currently living with HIV, HIV remains a challenging reality.

While for many people HIV has become a chronic disease, many others lack access to treatment and experience HIV-related stigma, discrimination and human rights violations on a daily basis. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial reminds us of the impact that HIV has on our lives locally and globally.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial released the theme and poster on World AIDS Day 2012. You can download the poster and an accompanying email banner from http://www.candlelightmemorial.org. You can also register as a Community Coordinator for Candlelight Memorial 2013 on the website. The form is available in English, French and Spanish.

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 led by a coalition of 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries, and is coordinated at the global level by the Global Network of People living with HIV.

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For more information about this news release: Please contact GNP+ (Martin Stolk, External Relations and Communications officer, by email candlelight@gnpplus.net , or phone +31-20-423 4114)

Source: The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+)

The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) is the global network for and by people living with HIV. GNP+ advocates to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. Driven by the needs of people living with HIV worldwide, GNP+ supports people living with HIV through their organisations and networks. GNP+ works to ensure equitable access to health and social services, by focusing on social justice, rights and more meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in programme and policy development - the GIPA principle. www.gnpplus.net

More information please contact
GNP+ Martin Stolk, Communications officer,
by email communications@gnpplus.net )
or phone +31-20-423 4114


"Reproduced with permission - Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+)"

Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+)
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