Standing in Solidarity for Health and Rights: 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
Friday, 17 May 2013
On Sunday the 19th of May, over 200,000 people worldwide will participate in the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. Communities from Armenia to Zimbabwe and in cities as far north as Reykjavik in Iceland and as far south as Punta Arenas in Chile will take time together to remember the loved ones we have lost to AIDS and to celebrate the lives of all those living with HIV through sometimes difficult circumstances.
The HIV response has entered a critical phase. More people than ever are accessing much-needed treatment for their own health[i]. We also now know that increasing access to HIV treatment for people in need significantly reduces the risk of HIV transmission to their partners and unborn children of people living with HIV. UNAIDS data show that as global access to HIV treatment increased, the growth of the epidemic has slowed down[ii]. For the first time global leaders actually dare to consider how an investment in the health of people living with HIV will contribute to an end to AIDS.