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Awareness for World Aids Day and the North Yorkshire Memorial AIDS Quilt

December 1, 2017 3:00 PM

Cllr Runciman with the North Yorkshire AIDS Memorial Quilt ()Today marks World Aids Day 2017, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the common fight against HIV, to show support for those living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

In York, the North Yorkshire AIDS Action (NYAA) group work tirelessly to support those in North Yorkshire and York living with HIV.

Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, visited NYAA to discuss their recent efforts supporting those with HIV and see the Memorial AIDS Quilt, which was previously displayed across North Yorkshire and York in 2015. The quilt is composed of white roses, each created by a loved one who has lost a partner, relative, friend or colleague through HIV/AIDS.

Cllr Carol Runciman said:

"The North Yorkshire Memorial AIDS Quilt is a beautiful tribute to the memories of those taken by HIV and a method to combat stigma associated with HIV. The Memorial AIDS Quilt has previously been displayed in locations across York, including the Minster, and it will soon be making its way round the region for local people to pay their tributes.

It is so important that we break down the preconceptions of HIV, as it can prevent some people from visiting the doctors and identifying symptoms early on. Early diagnosis of HIV is an important factor in fighting the disease and therefore, the work of the NYAA and the Memorial AIDS Quilt is essential in this modern day.

I would strongly encourage anyone, who may have even the slightest concern, to contact the NYAA on 01904 640 024. Their professional expertise and compassion can help improve the lives of anyone affected by HIV."
AIDS Memorial Quilts started in 1987, in San Francisco, where a man named Cleve Jones painted the name of his best friend, Marvin Feldman, who had died of AIDS, onto a coffin-sized piece of cloth. Today, the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. Since 1987, over 14 million people have visited the Quilt at thousands of displays worldwide.