Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT are taking part in an AIDS Memorial Quilt Trail to mark Global World AIDS Day.
Manchester HIV charity George House Trust has curated an exhibition of panels from the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt in locations across Greater Manchester in the run up to World AIDS Day, December 1st 2019, inspired by this year’s theme ‘Communities make the difference’.
The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt is a unique and powerful historical and social artefact and an irreplaceable piece of HIV history. It tells the stories of people lost to the virus in the early days of the HIV epidemic in the UK. Loved ones are honoured and remembered in panels made by partners, friends and families.
The Greater Manchester UK AIDS Memorial Quilt Trail will run from 25 November until 1st December at various venues. The quilt at Tameside Hospital will be unveiled on Tuesday 26 November at 2pm in the main atrium in the Hartshead South entrance to the hospital.
The quilt will be available for member of the public to view and will measure 3.6 metres by 3.6 metres.
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT Chief Executive, Karen James said, “We are so pleased to be involved in the AIDS Memorial Quilt Trail, I hope it raises awareness of HIV and helps to break down the stigma that affects so many people living with HIV.
“The quilt contains images and stories from those who have died from HIV related illnesses and also those living with the condition. I would encourage visitors, staff and patients to have a look at the quilt while it is displayed in the hospital.”
Since the virus was identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV-related illnesses. Nearly 37 million people are living with HIV today with over 101,000 of those in the UK. Despite huge medical advances in treatment, HIV remains a highly stigmatised medical condition. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to remember those lost to HIV globally, to raise awareness and to educate people about HIV today.
Confirmed venues in the Quilt Trail include: