World AIDS Day 2011 and the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt

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One of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilts on display at the Museum's Discovery Centre. Image: Courtesy Christopher Snelling

Since its inception on 1 December 1988, World AIDS Day has been a significant factor in the ongoing global fight against HIV/AIDS. First diagnosed in 1981 HIV/AIDS is the major infectious disease of the late 20th century.

The theme for this years World AIDS Day is ‘HIV/AIDS is still with us’ and while there has been a shift in attitudes to HIV/AIDS in Australia, there are still around a 1000 cases a year of people being infected with HIV.

Education has been an important part of changing attitudes with community and government using World AIDS Day as a focus point for activities. The Museum has acquired the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt into its collection and along with the display at Castle Hill Discovery Centre has lent DVDs (showing all 97 quilts) for displays at Lend Lease, City of Sydney Libraries and NSW Health.

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