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Tucson AIDS Candlelight Memorial is part of international event to break down barriers of stigma

Posted at 10:41 AM, May 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 14:06:14-04

Tucson is participating in a global HIV/AIDS remembrance event for the 35th year Sunday night.

The 2018 Tucson AIDS Candlelight Memorial is being held at the Historic Y, 300 E. University Blvd., from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The event will serve as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS. The goal is to break down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and to give hope to new generations.

At the event, there will be a candle blessing and lighting, entertainment, a calling out of names of loved ones lost the disease, and more.

According to a post on the event Facebook page, the global event is the largest AIDS awareness activity in the world, with more than 1,200 communities participating every year on the third Sunday in May.

Event sponsors this year include:

  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
  • Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN)
  • AIDS Ribbon Tucson
  • Fourth Avenue Merchants Association
  • The Historic Y