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world aids day 2020

POWERFUL VOICES FROM AIDS AND COVID PANDEMICS
2020 marks 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States, a pandemic that has led to nearly 700,000 lives lost and still no cure four decades later.  This year, our nation struggles through another pandemic -- the fight against Covid-19 – the horrific loss of life has surpassed 270,000 in a matter of months.

A NATIONAL CONVERSATION

WATCH NOW IF YOU MISSED IT

The National AIDS Memorial brought together powerful voices from both pandemics for an important conversation about health justice, social activism, remembrance, hope and resilience. See the program and a message from President-elect Joe Biden.

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AN EXHIBITION CURATED BY STATE

Together with Quilt partners from across the country we curated this exhibition which includes digital images from thousands of hand-sewn Quilt panels, each visually telling the story of loved ones lost to AIDS.

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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

2020 / 40 STORIES

40 years of stories from the pandemic – the lives lost, the heroes, the survivors - see the stories

NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL GROVE

The nation’s sole memorial to AIDS dedicated to healing, hope and remembrance - 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

AIDS STORY PROJECT VOICES

Capturing the Oral History of the epidemic - see the stories

NEWS & EVENTS

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

OUR PARTNERS

Here are profiles highlighting our partners - see profiles





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