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The National AIDS Memorial kicked off the 23rd International AIDS Conference this week with the unveiling of the AIDSMemorial.org website, which features a virtual display of all 48,000 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
The organization is also hosting a display of 80 panels of the quilt at the San Francisco and Oakland city halls. Both cities are hosts of this year’s conference, which is being conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The display marks the first time quilt panels have been hung on both city halls. The first panels of the quilt were also hung on San Francisco City Hall in 1987.
Visitors to the website can search the panels of the quilt for specific names and learn the stories of those who have died from AIDS. Roughly 1.2 million people in the United States today are living with HIV and AIDS.