The 21st Annual Austin/Central Texas Virtual/Individual AIDS Candlelight Memorial Experience Please join all and Let Us Light Up The World in these Changing Times for
The 21st Annual Austin/Central Texas Virtual/Individual AIDS Candlelight Memorial Experience
Please join all and Let Us Light Up The World in these Changing Times for this year’s free The 38th International and The 21st Annual Austin/Central Texas Virtual/Individual AIDS Candlelight Memorial Experience held on Sunday, May 16, 2021. This year theme produced by The Global Network of People Living With HIV (GNP+) and local community coordinators continues our solidarity with this year’s theme, “We Remember. We Take Action. We Live Beyond HIV!” Show your solidarity by participating.
Some suggestions for participation, observance and experience? Please share a post of your survival journey to help others, and / or please share a remembrance of a lost loved one or via Social Media. Light a Virtual Candle on the AIDS Candlelight Memorial Wall at: www.candlelightmemorial.net/virtual-candles/light-a-candle
Other suggestions to include if local, in the Austin AIDS Walk on the very same day of the memorial, Sunday, 5/16/2021, www.aidswalk.net/austin
One may also, show your solidarity & Frame your Facebook Profile Picture to AIDS Candlelight Memorial – #CandlelightMemorial. Other ideas, Say a prayer, write or sing a song or poetry, dedicate a performance, donate to HIV/AIDS Charities, educate yourself, help educate others, “Remember. Take Action. Live Beyond HIV.”
More ideas include, get tested for free from area providers, get treated, Know Your Status, discuss HIV/AIDS openly, Please protect yourself and your sexual partner, practice Safe Sex & Help Stop & End The Stigma!
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and like the previous year of 2020, GNP+ encourages everyone to mark the day, Sunday, May 16, 2021, individually or virtually. The public is encouraged to participate in this year’s memorial virtually by sharing their actions on social media and other digital platforms. Please use the following hash tags and tags with your posts on social media so that the world can see and re-share your posts. Thank You. Locally Tags: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram #ATXAIDSCandlelight, International Tags at: #AIDSCandlelightMemorial2021 / #gnpplus / #Candlelight2021 / #WeRemember / #WeTakeAction / #WeLiveBeyondHIV and please also tag social media handles: Facebook: @GNPplus / Twitter: @gnpplus / Instagram: Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+)
Globally, over 38 million+ were living with HIV and around 32.7 million+ deaths worldwide since the early 1980s up through the end of 2019, according to Wikipedia and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly 7500+ individuals are contracting new infections each day according to World Health Organization. Texas alone has over 175,500 + new cases of HIV as of July 2020. Over the past 21 years, Austin/Central Texas has hosted its AIDS Candlelight Memorial, with sadness each year as some 30-40 Austin/Central Texas Individuals perished yearly from HIV/AIDS and/or complications with the disease. Over 41 Years of this pandemic is Enough and although there is no cure yet, not one more person needs to be infected or die as this ongoing pandemic is preventable and treatable, and one day, hopefully irradiated.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, held on the third Sunday of May every year, is a time for all of us to remember the many lives lost to AIDS. It is also an opportunity to honor those who dedicated their lives to helping people living with and affected by HIV and continue to mobilize our communities in solidarity. 4 Individuals living with AIDS and fighting for their very lives, started the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial back in 1983. Since then, there have been thousands of events organized across the world by individuals and community-based organizations, from educating the public, to HIV/AIDS Testing, free condom distributions, to AIDS Walks, and motorbike rallies by women living with HIV to uplifting ceremonies in places of worship and workplaces etc. However due to COVID-19, individuals are recommended not to participate in mass public events and/or if one does, please practice Social Distancing and Wear a Mask. Such events above and many others have helped raise awareness about HIV and more importantly, has helped break down stigma within our backyards.
HIV/AIDS – This virus pandemic still lives with us all since the 1980s. The virus is called the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, (HIV) which can cause Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and can lead to death, if not treated. Treatment is available and HIV Survivors maintaining a healthy immune system with prescribed HIV antiviral medications have lengthened lives. This has become a manageable chronic disease, as opposed to the millions and millions of deaths back in the ’80s and 90s, without modern medicine. Furthermore, treating with antiviral medications make these HIV Survivors = Undetectable with their virus load. (The viral load gives one an idea of how much of the HIV virus is in one’s body) HIV Survivors with an Undetectable Viral Load CANNOT Transmit their HIV to others that are negative! The Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) Agrees that HIV Undetectable People Cannot Transmit HIV! “Undetectable = Untransmittable.” (U=U)
Stigma – For over 41 some odd years, there is still a huge Stigma regarding HIV and AIDS. Some reasons are people may not be fully educated on the greatest and latest medical breakthroughs. HIV/AIDS Kills if not treated, so there is fear as well. However, For some, HIV has become a manageable chronic disease, yet for far too many HIV is a daily life or death struggle for treatment and care, adequate food, housing, and income, often in the face of pervasive HIV-related stigma, discrimination, and violence. The HIV epidemic continues to shine a light on the injustices and exclusion in our societies, while opening space for continued solidarity and resistance by all of our beloved communities that have carried the weight of this epidemic, including gay men & women, people of color, transgender people, sex workers, people who use needle drugs, and women & girls.
HIV/AIDS Prevention – Condoms and safe sexual practices prevent HIV/AIDS. For HIV Daily Prevention there is an antiviral Pill called Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, (PrEP), which is a daily pill for HIV Prevention. This prescription medicine that, when taken every day, significantly reduces your chances of getting HIV by blocking the virus for Pre-Exposure to HIV/ AIDS. For Post-Exposure, there is the antiviral pill known as Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, (PEP), a 28-day prescription medication to eradicate the HIV virus from the body. This regime is for those who think they have been exposed to HIV. If so, it is important that one start taking PEP as soon as possible. PEP is only effective within 72 hours of possible HIV exposure, so seeking professional help quickly after exposure is crucial. More information on HIV/AIDS, PrEP and PEP, may be found through your local health providers or online.
Beyond the Memorial – The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is much more than just a memorial. It serves as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV/AIDS. With over 38 million+ people living with HIV today, 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. This annual event is sponsored by The Global Network of People Living With HIV + (GNP+) and Austin/Central Texas Area HIV/AIDS Service Providers, the State of Texas, The City of Austin, Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays and Blanco Counties, non-health providers, businesses, and by and through many caring individual Angels and other organizations. Please feel free to share this event with others.
Please join this global memorial on Sunday the 16th of May 2021 and Let Us Light Up The World in these changing times. “Here’s hoping that in our lifetime, we can end HIV/AIDS Together.” – On behalf of all, Thank You From My Heart, Mr. Eric A. Crabtree – Austin/Central Texas AIDS Candlelight Memorial Coordinator.
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Virtual Event Details
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All Day (Sunday)