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December 3, 2009

World AIDS Day: SickKids quilt represents life and hope for children with HIV and their families

Tuesday Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. At SickKids, a giant quilt, each panel designed by children and parents with HIV, is on display just inside the Atrium main entrance, Elizabeth Street entrance. The quilt will be on display all week. All the children and parents who participated in making the quilt 12 years ago are alive and well due to advances in HIV treatment and medications. So while the bigger world 'AIDS Quilt' is comprised of sections honouring those who have died, ours represents life and hope for children with HIV and their families.

Some children and parents were able to meet each other and work together to design their panels but others took their panels home and worked in secret so no one would know they had HIV. After all the panels were finished, HIV Program team members and friends brought them together to form a collective voice from children and parents living with HIV.

Quotes from the quilt:
"I wish people would get their facts straight"
"We live with hope every day"
"Kids with HIV can have fun too"
"I'm the same as you. I have good friends and I need them"

In addition to the quilt display organized by the HIV Program, SickKids residents are encouraging everyone in the community to learn more about the global impact of HIV/AIDS and what they can do to help by visiting the World Health Organization’s World AIDS Day website.

The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. This year's theme is Universal Access and Human Rights. Worldwide an estimated 33 million people, two million of whom are children, are living with HIV. However, treatment access is low in many developing and transitional countries and it is estimated that less than half of those affected are receiving treatment.