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World AIDS Day 2020: A National Conversation

December 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Each year, our World AIDS Day National Observance brings people together to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate lives lost.

The National AIDS Memorial is looked upon as the organization within the national landscape to remember, honor and help ensure the stories of the AIDS pandemic are never forgotten.

This year, due to Covid-19, instead of gathering in the AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, we will hold our World AIDS Day 2020commemoration virtually, bringing together powerful voices from the AIDS and Covid-19 pandemics for an inspiring national discussion about health justice, activism, remembrance, hope and resilience.

World AIDS Day 2020 — A National Conversation will spotlight the interconnectedness of both pandemics — the lives lost, the survivors, the activism and the heroes. Through a distinguished list of guest speakers, video storytelling, and musical tributes, we will explore how a nation confronts, responds, and heals, and the lessons that must be learned for the future.

We are honored that Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. David D. Ho, Director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University, will be our keynote speakers.

As renowned health experts who have been on the frontlines of both the AIDS and Covid-19 pandemics, Dr. Fauci and Dr. Ho will receive our National Leadership Recognition Award for the profound impact they have had in advancing science, treatments and education around both pandemics.

World AIDS Day 2020 is a free event. Please visit our World AIDS Day 2020 website to learn more, sign-up and receive updates. In the coming weeks, we will announce additional speakers and special guests who will lead conversations on the following topics:

  • Medical and Scientific Leadership
  • Impact on Marginalized Communities
  • Activism that Sparks Change and Movements
  • A Look to the Future

In addition, on World AIDS Day, as the nation continues to struggle with AIDS and COVID-19, the National AIDS Memorial will unveil a virtual exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The exhibition will feature over 10,000 Quilt panels representing all 50 states and U.S. territories. We are excited to invite interested panelmakers, individuals and organizations to be part of this historic effort to use the power of the Quilt to help a nation remember and heal during this difficult time.

2020 marks forty years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States, a pandemic that has led to nearly 700,000 lives lost and for which there still is no cure. As well, our nation is struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic — with a horrific loss of life surpassing 225,000 in just a matter of months.

We hope you will join us this World AIDS Day — December 1, 2020 from 10 am to 12 noon PDT — as we come together virtually to remember those lost and reflect upon the resilience and hope as our nation fights to end both of these devastating pandemics.


December 1, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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