Hemophilia CIRCLE

“The tragedy that struck this community is one that cannot be forgotten. It is our duty to find a way to provide a place for people to remember those who lost their lives, and this memorial does just that. We are honored to be able to partner with organizations that share this mission.” —Val Bias, CEO, National Hemophilia Foundation

The National AIDS Memorial’s Hemophilia Circle is a beautiful stone crescent built into a hillside and features stunning flagstone and a bench for reflection. The Hemophilia Circle is engraved with over 200 names of members of the Hemophilia community who have been touched by AIDS and is landscaped with new trees, grasses and other plantings. Names engraved include members of the hemophilia community who lost their lives, in addition to their family members and friends. Names also include community leaders and activists to honor their tireless work to ensure that America’s blood supply became safe. Also engraved are names of nationwide hemophilia organizations.

Hemophilia is a genetic condition that prevents a person’s blood from clotting. In the 1980s, the hemophilia community’s lifeline was a medicine—clotting factor—derived from a large and diverse blood supply. It was only after people with hemophilia began to be diagnosed with HIV that they realized the blood supply was tainted. Eventually, 90% of people with severe hemophilia were infected with HIV from contaminated factor, and cries for help were met with silence from drug corporations and the federal government. People with the disease were left to fight on their own, and have served as the guardians of the nation’s blood supply ever since.

The National AIDS Memorial partnered with the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Hemophilia Federation of America to build the hemophilia memorial feature in 2017.

HOW To Engrave a Name in the Hemophilia Circle

The engraving order deadline this year is October 10, 2021.
Engravings will take place in advance of World AIDS Day, December 1, 2021.
To see the list of names engraved in the Hemophilia memorial, click here.

To order an engraving, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Hemophilia Circle donation page
  2. 'Engraving Donation Amount' section — select the correct amount
  3. 'Engraving Confirmation and Names' section — confirm you want to engrave names and provide the name(s) exactly as you want them engraved: 
    • individual names are separated by comma
    • names engraved together are separated by an '&'
    • names are limited to 20 characters each
  4. Complete the  donation process
  5. Please contact Operations Manager Matt Kennedy at mkennedy@aidsmemorial.org if you need assistance

What to expect next:

Notification of your order will be immediately sent to the National AIDS Memorial’s offices, and we will contact you should we have any questions related to your order.

“Thousands of people have died in San Francisco, millions in the world. The point of the National AIDS Memorial Grove is to remember them, one at a time.”

      – Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Learn about how you can memorialize a loved one

• Circle of Friends
• Artists Portal
Boulders, Benches & Crescents

A member of the National AIDS Memorial team would welcome the opportunity to meet in the Grove to
answer any questions, which allows an interested donor the opportunity to view the various hardscape features, and available locations for placement. Get in touch