It's time to Change the Pattern in the fight to end HIV and AIDS in the Southern United States. The National AIDS Memorial is bringing sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to communities throughout the Southern U.S to honor Black and Brown lives lost to HIV and AIDS as part of Change the Pattern, a new initiative to reimagine the response to the epidemic in the region.
"Think how much has changed…you demanded to be treated with dignity and with equity. Those voices, those stories are invaluable…we’re going to finish this fight."
- President Joe Biden
New HIV infections in the U.S. fell about 8% from 2015 to 2019, but Black and Latino communities — particularly gay and bisexual men within those groups — continue to be disproportionately affected, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
"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 I thought this is the symbol we should take."
- Cleve Jones, NPR interview 2016
In 2019, 26% of new HIV infections were among Black gay and bisexual men, 23% among Latino gay and bisexual men, and 45% among gay and bisexual men under the age of 35. African American and Hispanics/Latinos account for the largest increases in new HIV diagnoses, 42% and 27% respectively.
“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
REMEMBERING A LOVED ONE
Honor a life by memorializing them within the beauty of the memorial in perpetuity - learn more
WORLD AIDS DAY
Watch the powerful conversations on issues that matter from HIV/AIDS leaders - learn more
AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT
The largest ongoing community folk art project in the world - learn more
BLACK LIVES AND AIDS ACTIVISM
Inspiring Voices in the LGBTQ Movement - read our perspective
PEDRO ZAMORA YOUNG LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP
Supporting the Next Generation of leaders who carry Pedro’s torch - learn more
ARTS IN ACTIVISM AWARD
Inspiring “Artivism” to Combat Stigma - learn more