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14/05/2018

Media Release - IACM2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 14 May, 2018

The 35th annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will take place on Sunday 20 May this year, with NTAHC once more acknowledging this special day with events in Alice Springs and Darwin. The Memorial is a staple of NTAHC’s events calendar, with our 2018 Memorials once again providing a space for the community to remember those we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS-related illnesses, stand in solidarity with people living with HIV around the world and celebrate the enormous achievements in HIV prevention and treatment.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilisation campaigns for HIV awareness. Started in 1983, the Memorial takes place annually on the third Sunday in May, and is led by a coalition of some 1,200 community organisations in 115 countries. The Memorial aims to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS, recognising the 33 million people living with HIV (PLHIV) around the world today.

By coming together for this event, NTAHC aims to break down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and give hope to new generations. Leadership by PLHIV and those affected by HIV is an important part of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, which was started by PLHIV “to give a face to the epidemic”.

“The theme for this year’s Memorial is ‘Reflecting on our past, preparing for our future’”, said NTAHC Executive Director, Kerrie Jordan, “And NTAHC looks for to joining countless others around the world as we light candles in remembrance of loved-ones lost too soon to HIV/AIDS, and think about the important work still to be done in preventing the spread of HIV both locally and globally”

“2018 has already ushered in significant new additions to Australia’s HIV-prevention toolkit”, continued Ms Jordan, “With the inclusion of PrEP on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme putting Australia on the front foot in our efforts to eliminate HIV transmission nation-wide. Still more needs to be done, however, with greater access to testing and treatment,  enhanced education to target people at risk of contracting HIV, and improved access to needle and syringe programs needed in the NT, in order to mitigate the virus’ spread once and for all”

The Alice Springs Memorial will take place at Monte’s Lounge, 95 Todd Street, Alice Springs (Corner Todd St & Stott Tce). The Darwin Memorial will be held at Lake Alexander.

Guests will be invited to make and light red candles in honour of the occasion. Live entertainment, speeches and a short film screening will take place, with light refreshments provided and educational materials on offer.

Anyone whose lives have been touched by HIV, or who would like to pay their respects, are invited to attend.

Media Liaison:

Darwin – Kerrie Jordan, NTAHC Executive Director, 08 8944 7777

Alice Springs - Roland Bull, Communications Officer, 08 8953 3172

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