Galileo high school had the pleasure of hosting a panel of the historical AIDS quilt displayed in the auditorium on Tuesday, December 12th. The quilt was presented by Naomi from the Wellness Center, who also talked about HIV awareness and the history behind the AIDs quilt.
The quilt is 48,000 individual 3-by-6 foot memorial panels with names of loved ones who have suffered from AIDS. In June of 1987, a group of people gathered in San Francisco with a goal to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS and spread awareness of the effect it has on lives. These people served as the foundation for what is now known as the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. The AIDs quilt was designed as a way to remember and honor the loved ones people have lost to AIDS.
AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. It is also known as a late stage of HIV. In the 1980’s 36.1 million people living with AIDS, more than 13 million children had lost one or both parents to AIDS since the epidemic began.
The goal of the AIDS quilt was to assist others with HIV educating them about HIV prevention. It was created by Cleve Jones, an American LGBTQ and Aids activist, who formulated the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. He created the quilt as a form of therapy and to spread awareness about AIDS.