International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
The Candlelight memorial continues to be the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaign for International HIV awareness in the world, since 1983. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May and is led by a coalition of some 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries.
With the advances in HIV management and treatment over the last decade, its purpose has evolved. Today, the memorial serves as an important event to remind people that HIV is still a serious issue and the fight against HIV and AIDS must continue.
The Singapore AIDS Candlelight Memorial provides opportunities such as:
- To commemorate loved ones who have lost their lives to HIV
- To show solidarity with people living with HIV
- To raise awareness of HIV within society
- To reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination
- To reduce stigma and discrimination against key populations, including men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers and young people.
Over the last few years AfA has been commemorating this event online: