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In Solidarity: 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial 19 May 2013

In Solidarity is the theme of the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2013. The theme emphasizes the need for people living with and affected by HIV to join hands and work together in the response to HIV.

Solidarity in communities is essential to reduce stigma and promote the involvement of people living with HIV in order to ensure a more effective HIV response. Only together as communities can we advocate for universal access to human rights and quality treatment, prevention, care and support services.

Organising the Memorial for the 30th time is no reason for celebration. When the AIDS Candlelight Memorial was held first in 1983, no-one could have predicted the scale of the global epidemic. With millions of lives lost and around 33 million people currently living with HIV, HIV remains a challenging reality. While for many people HIV has become a chronic disease, many others lack access to treatment and experience HIV-related stigma, discrimination and human rights violations on a daily basis. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial reminds us of the impact that HIV has on our lives locally and globally.

Want to organize a Candlelight Memorial yourself? Visit the website at www.candlelightmemorial.org for practical information and to register. The website can be viewed in different languages through a translate function and the registration form is available in English, French and Spanish.

On the website you will also be able to download the poster for the 2013 Memorial, as well as other promotional materials. Registering will help us to quickly and effectively share forthcoming news releases and other materials.

About the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial: The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world. Started in 1983, the Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May. The Memorial is led by a coalition of 1,200 community, health and faith organizations in 115 countries. In 2012 over 200,000 people worldwide participated in the event. At the global level the Memorial is coordinated by the Global Network of People living with HIV.

About the Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+): GNP+ is the global network for and by people living with HIV. GNP+ advocates to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. Driven by the needs of people living with HIV worldwide, GNP+ supports people living with HIV through their organisations and networks. GNP+ works to ensure equitable access to health and social services, by focusing on social justice, rights and more meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in programme and policy development – the GIPA principle. www.gnpplus.net

For more information about the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial: Please contact GNP+ (Martin Stolk, External Relations & Communications officer, by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone +31-20-423 4114)