AIDS Memory UK and STOPAIDS will host a vigil in remembrance to mark the first reported HIV-related illness and of the 36.3 million people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.
The Candlelit vigil will take place in Soho Square Gardens, London W1. On December 1st 2021. Please gather from 6:30pm. Open to all, hosted by HIV/AIDS campaigners.
Followed by a series of educational and remembrance events around Soho including in pubs Comptons and the Duke of Wellington pubs (7:30pm onwards), Piccadilly Circus (from 8:15pm) and at the Admiral Duncan pub (from 9pm).
This year’s World AIDS Day theme is ‘End Inequalities. End AIDS. End pandemics.’
This year’s vigil will also see campaigners #HonouringHIVAllies. This decision by AIDS Memory UK is in recognition of the need for everyone to become an ally in the fight against HIV, in order to realise the vision of this year’s World AIDS Day. Many allies who have supported their friends, lovers, family members and colleagues living with HIV have in doing so fought fought against the prevalent and corrosive stigma that still exists against people living with HIV.
Ash Kotak, Executive Director of AIDS Memory UK – the campaign to deliver The AIDS Memorial says:
“HIV stigma is irrational, illogical and cruel. Everyone needs to become an HIV ally so we can end that stigma. Without stigma, we make it so that all people living with HIV can be out about their status and ensure everyone is able to access testing and treatment so we can save lives and end AIDS.
Please join us this World AIDS Day to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and renew our commitment to fighting HIV and ending AIDS”