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Martinsburg VA Medical Center


International AIDS Candlelight Memorial: Promoting Health and Dignity

May 18, 2012

Join us on Monday, May 21, for the Martinsburg VA Medical Center’s International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Observance.  The event will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in room 1B-114.  During the memorial, we will remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS, as well as support those who are living with HIV and AIDS or are affected by its impact.  Participants will also view videos about the history of the epidemic, improved treatment and the importance of getting tested.

Over 100,000 people in 115 countries will be celebrating the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial this May.  This year’s theme Promoting Health and Dignity Together carries a lot of meaning. The theme emphasizes that health and well being cannot be achieved without respecting the dignity and promoting and protecting the human rights of all.

Since 1983, the Candlelight Memorial takes place in May annually and is led by community, health and faith organizations.  With 33 million people living with HIV today, the Candlelight serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, reducing stigma and discrimination and giving hope to new generations.  For many organizers, community mobilization for the Candlelight Memorial begins on World AIDS Day in December and ends with the international memorial in May. In addition to remembrance, many coordinating organizations use the Candlelight Memorial as an opportunity to promote local HIV services, encourage education and community dialogue, and advocate for the advancement of public policy.

For more information about the medical center’s observance, contact program coordinator Beverly Van Metre at 304-263-0811, ext. 3511.  To learn about the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, visit