D.C. host to International AIDS Conference

July 27, 2012 by  

For the first time in more than 20 years, the International AIDS Conference is being held this week in Washington, D.C. The Conference is no doubt using poster printing and flyer printing to attract as many people as possible to attend the conference held in the capital of the United States so that they can demonstrate their support and take in the sights of the District.

In addition to the experts from all over the globe in attendance, the AIDS Quilt will be on display, representing the heartache and struggle of living with and dying from AIDS. It has become the symbol of the fight against the illness.

The quilt was begun about 25 years ago and now is 1.3 million square feet in size, weighing more than 54 tons. It includes 48,000 panels that have been made and designed by loved ones from around the world. Some panels depict mementos from the life of the person who died from AIDS, while others may be simpler and have just their name.

This year, the quilt will be unfolded between the Washington Monument and the United States Capitol. However, because of its vast size, some of the panels will also be on display in 50 other areas around the city. Julie Rhoad, who represents the Names Project Foundation, has said that people become engaged in looking at the quilt and only then begin to understand its magnitude and how many people have died from the disease.