in the fight to end HIV and AIDS in the South. In 2023, the National AIDS Memorial brought sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to communities throughout the Southern U.S to honor Black and Brown lives lost to HIV and AIDS.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on tour again soon!
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In 2020, the South comprised 38% of the U.S. population but represented over half of new diagnoses.
Thousands of people joined us in 2023 in reimagining the fight to end HIV in the South as we brought the AIDS Memorial Quilt and powerful events and programming to twelve Southern states most impacted today.
The National AIDS Memorial (NAM), steward of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, partnered with the Southern AIDS Coalition to launch a major initiative that brought 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.
These powerful Quilt exhibitions featured more than 500 hand-stitched AIDS Quilt panels honoring Black and Brown lives lost to AIDS. Included were new, never-before-seen panels made by local individuals and communities.
Funded by a $2.4 million grant from Gilead Sciences, programming utilized interactive experiences, storytelling, panel-making workshops and more to engage the public. Through Change the Pattern, we inspired communities to take active roles in their health, challenge cultural stigmas, and continue the legacy of advocacy for marginalized individuals.
PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV
IN THE SOUTH (2020)
US POPULATION REPRESENTED
IN THE SOUTH (2020)
PEOPLE NEWLY DIAGNOSED
WITH HIV (2020)
OF NEW HIV DIAGNOSES
COME FROM THE SOUTH (2020)
It's time to Change the Pattern in the fight to end HIV and AIDS in the Southern United States. Be a part of this new initiative!