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International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will take place on Sunday 17th May from 5pm to 6pm at the City Square, 44-86 Swanston Street, Melbourne.
It will be the 32nd year for the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial ceremony, coordinated worldwide by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP), taking place in 115 countries.
The Memorial will be hosted in Melbourne by Living Positive Victoria and the global theme for this year's memorial is 'Supporting the Future'. The theme aims to increase awareness and emphasise the need for continued support for people living with HIV, approximately 33 million people worldwide.
"On 17th May 2015, as we honour those who have departed, let's mobilise all people living with HIV from all walks of life to demand a sustainable AIDS response—one that funds health care, promotes human rights for all, and engages us fully and meaningfully" Suzette Moses-Burton, Executive Director of GNP
One of the key concerns is that funding commitments fell between 2012-2013 and a shortage of drug stock is a very real and serious threat to the lives of many. Additional funding is needed to meet the latest World Health Organisation antiretroviral treatment guidelines.
Around the world, there is a continued criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission, among people living or perceived to be living with HIV, and continued violence against women with HIV.
"The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations." (International AIDS Candlelight Memorial website).
The evening will be hosted by Richard Taki, featuring keynote speaker Dr Alyson Campbell and performances by Low Rez Male Choir.
This memorial is conducted in partnership by the Victorian AIDS Council, the City of Melbourne, JOY 94.9 and Melbourne Community Voice.
For more information visit the International Aids Candlelight Memorial website.