Go virtual, a call for observance of IACM 2021
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) called for the holding of virtual events on the 2021 observance of International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (IACM).
The Memorial, which was started in 1983 by people living with HIV, is held every third Sunday of May. CandlelightMemorial.net (which is maintained by GNP+) highlighted that the IACM serves as "an opportunity to honour those who dedicated their lives to helping people living with and affected by HIV and continue to mobilise our communities in solidarity."
The IACM can still be held without the physical public gatherings, and the public is being encouraged to participate in the Memorial through social media and other digital platforms. Suggestions for and tools to help in the virtual participation on the IACM are on Candlelight Memorial's "Get Involved" page.
TLF Share will be launching the CARE Legal Assistance Program on May 20, in observance of the IACM, and will be available online through the organization's Facebook page. The program is part of the country-wide PSFI PROTECTS project funded by the Global Fund.
AIDSMap, which is published by UK-based organization NAM, reported that PLHIV have a slightly increased risk in dying from COVID-19, and PLHIV who also have obesity, diabetes, and/or hypertensions are at higher risk. The COVID-19 vaccines are as effective among PLHIV.