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2020 / 40

It’s been 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were first reported in the United States.  During that time more than 700,000 lives have been lost in this country to this devastating disease.  The National AIDS Memorial brings 40 years of stories from the pandemic – the lives lost, the heroes, the survivors.  Together we share the stories that provide a glimpse into the many faces of AIDS from then to now.

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THE NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL GROVE

Conceived by a small group devastated by the AIDS crisis, this sacred 10-acre space is the nation’s sole memorial to AIDS dedicated to healing, hope and remembrance.

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THE AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT

The 48,000 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt are a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic and represent the largest ongoing community folk art project in the world.

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“Creating an AIDS-free generation is a shared responsibility. It requires commitment from partner countries, coupled with support from donors, civil society, people living with HIV, faith-based organizations, the private sector, foundations, and multilateral institutions. We stand at a tipping point in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and working together, we can realize our historic opportunity to bring that fight to an end.”

- President Barack Obama




In the 40 years since the pandemic began more than 700,000 people have died from AIDS-related illnesses in the United States alone.

“It was gentle rain, no speeches or music, just thousands of people reading these names on this patchwork of placards up on that wall. And I thought to myself, It looks like some kind of quilt,’ and when I said the word "quilt" I thought of my great-grandma...  it was such a warm and comforting and middle-American traditional-family-values sort of symbol, and I thought, ‘This is the symbol we should take.’”

- Cleve Jones, NPR interview 2016



Black/African American
and Hispanics/Latinos account for the
largest increases in new HIV diagnoses, 42% and 27% respectively.

“… may we find strength and comfort in our communities, and in our shared desire to bring hope and healing to the millions of men, women and children around the world living with HIV/AIDS.  This disease is resilient and resourceful, ever mutating to escape destruction.  We must be equally resourceful in our efforts to combat HIV/AIDS as we work to finally achieve an AIDS-free generation.”

- Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, World AIDS Day 2019

SUPPORT THE FLAGGING COMMUNITY

Support San Francisco’s flagging community online auction with proceeds supporting the National AIDS Memorial mission and programs.  learn more

PEDRO ZAMORA YOUNG LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP

Supporting the Next Generation of leaders who carry Pedro’s torch - learn more

BLACK LIVES AND AIDS ACTIVISM

Inspiring Voices in the LGBTQ Movement - read our perspective

AIDS STORY PROJECT VOICES

Capturing the Oral History of the epidemic - see the stories

ARTS IN ACTIVISM AWARD

Inspiring “Artivism” to Combat Stigma - learn more

WORLD AIDS DAY EVENTS

Remembering lost loved ones and celebrating their lives - event details

NEWS & EVENTS

The Memorial in the community and in the media - see details

GET INVOLVED

Help support the work and mission of the National AIDS Memorial - learn how

OUR PARTNERS

Here are profiles highlighting our partners - see profiles

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