Each year the National AIDS Memorial hosts a national observance on World AIDS Day that brings leaders together from across the country for a national conversation to shine a light on the ongoing struggle to end the epidemic, progress made, and hope for the future.
"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
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SEE THE QUILT IN YOUR COMMUNITY
We partner with community-based organizations across the country to display sections of the Quilt to raise greater awareness about HIV/AIDS impacting people today. - Learn more
NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL SHOP
Celebrate 35 years of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and help ensure that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten. - 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