About the project
Since the beginning of the epidemic around 35 million people have died from AIDS-related diseases. With the roll out of antiretroviral therapy starting in the mid 1990’s HIV was transformed from a fatal disease to a chronic illness. If a person knows they have HIV and starts treatment immediately, they can live as long as a person without the virus. However, AIDS continues to take away the lives of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children every year - fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues. HIV can affect any age, gender, skin color, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. HIV can affect anyone, even people who think that they will never be affected.
To commemorate lives lost to AIDS, International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day is marked every year on the third Sunday of May.
In 1987 the NAMES Project Foundation was created in San-Francisco to remember people who have died from AIDS. The tradition of sewing blankets in memory of someone close was transformed into the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Stitched from a multitude of fragments, each symbolizing a person’s interrupted life, the quilt became one of the iconic symbols of the AIDS response. Tens of thousands of memorial panels were sewn by friends, loved ones and family members.
On May 21, 2017 we launch "AIDS Quilt Online" – a memorial that pays tribute to the people who were taken from us by the epidemic as well as the activists who have dedicated their lives to the fight.
This project is a reminder of everyone who's not with us today as well as hope for a new generation as we combine our efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.