It’s time to Change the Pattern

in the fight to end HIV and AIDS in the Southern United States. The National AIDS Memorial is bringing sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to communities throughout the Southern U.S to honor Black and Brown lives lost to HIV and AIDS as part of Change the Pattern, a new initiative to reimagine the response to the epidemic in the region.

Come see the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Next Stop Louisiana

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February 7 - 11
Black History Month Quilt Displays on HBCU campuses in New Orelans & Baton Rouge, launching on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. JOIN US and Learn More!

Tennessee

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April 2023
Details to be announced as soon as available.

Texas

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June 2023
Details to be announced as soon as available.

See Quilt Displays Honoring Black and Brown Lives Lost to AIDS


The National AIDS Memorial (NAM), steward of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, is partnering with the Southern AIDS Coalition to launch a major initiative bringing sections of the Quilt to communities in the southern United States as a teaching tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 

What is the AIDS Memorial Quilt?

The AIDS Memorial Quilt helps us remember the unique lives and stories of those we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS. Drivers of change use the Quilt as a powerful tool to bring generations together and raise awareness about the impact of the ongoing epidemic. Come see the Quilt at a Change the Pattern display near you!

Funded by a $2.4 million grant by Gilead Sciences, the weeklong Quilt display and programming aims raise awareness about health disparities and social justice issues that continue to disproportionately impact communities of color.

This powerful and timely Quilt exhibition will feature more than 500 hand-stitched panels of the AIDS Quilt that honor Black and Brown lives lost to AIDS and feature many newly made Quilt panels from the local areas, which will be featured for the first time publicly.  They are meant to be a call to action to disrupt systemic issues that impact health equity which continue to disproportionately impact communities of color and marginalized populations.

Through local events and programming, Change the Pattern will actively engage communities through Quilt displays, interactive experiences, storytelling, advocacy, and panel-making workshops. By creating an empowering message and safe spaces for conversation, we can uplift, inspire, and encourage all communities to take an active role in their health, challenge cultural stigmas, and continue the legacy of advocacy for our marginalized brothers, sisters, and others.

Get the Facts and Statistics
479,786
38%
19,100
52%

PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV
IN THE SOUTH (2019)

US POPULATION REPRESENTED
IN THE SOUTH (2020)

PEOPLE NEWLY DIAGNOSED
WITH HIV (2019)

OF NEW HIV DIAGNOSES
COME FROM THE SOUTH (2020)

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The National AIDS Memorial, Southern AIDS Coalition and Gilead Sciences are bringing sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to communities throughout the Southern U.S to highlight and honor Black and Brown lives lost to HIV and AIDS as part of Change the Pattern, a new initiative to reimagine the response to the epidemic in the region.