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AIDS Candlelight Memorial day

Media Advisory:

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial: Promoting Health and Dignity Together

100,000 people in 115 countries will be celebrating the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial on Sunday 20 May 2012. Health, faith and community-based organizations in some 115 countries will use the event to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS, to support those living with HIV and affected by its impact and spur calls to greater action from all actors in the HIV response.

With at least 500 events being held worldwide, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will also be commemorated in a community near you. Check www.candlelightmemorial.org to find a memorial near you!

This year's theme Promoting Health and Dignity Together carries a lot of meaning. The theme focuses on the fact that the HIV response will only be successful when it is an effort that is supported by and addresses the needs of all those affected by HIV, including all people living with HIV key populations such as men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, and sex workers, as well as women and young people.

The theme emphasizes that health and well being cannot be achieved without respecting the dignity and promoting and protecting the human rights of all.

This year's Candlelight Memorial can further be used as an opportunity to bring greater attention from communities to Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention, a rights based and people centered framework focusing on the health and well being of people living with HIV. Please click here to read more about Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention.


The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, coordinated by the Global Network of People living with HIV is one of the world's oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world. Started in 1983, the Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May and is led by community, health and faith organizations in 115 countries. With 33 million people living with HIV today, the Candlelight serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, reducing stigma and discrimination and giving hope to new generations.

For many organizers community mobilization for the Candlelight Memorial begins on World AIDS Day, 1 December, and ends with the international memorial in May. Coordinating organizations are diverse and include networks of people living with HIV, women organizations, networks of key populations, service organizations, academic institutions, health-care facilities, faith-based groups, businesses, media, and more.