CAMP Rehoboth honors World AIDS Day with candlelight walk
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – With every candle, and each step forward, people in Rehoboth Beach stood up to say no to AIDS.
“It’s a very moving moment,” said Murray Archibald, co-founder at CAMP Rehoboth.
On Sunday, people around the community, walked side by side to remember those who lost their battle against the potentially deadly disease as part of World AIDS Day.
“Many of the people that are here today have come because they lost so many people during the AIDS epidemic,” said Archibald.
“I can’t even count the number of friends we’ve lost along the way,” said Archibald.
One by one, community members then gathered at the All Saints’ Church for a chance to find new hope in their fight against the disease and to break any stigmas surrounding HIV and AIDS.
“There’s such a scare tactic involved with HIV and AIDS that people either have misinformation or incorrect information or no information or run off of things that are completely wrong,” said the PFLAG Salisbury President Mark DeLancey.
According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, about 770,000 people died from AIDS in 2018. Advocates say, although groups like gay men are mostly affected, that does not mean they are the only ones carrying the burden.
“Anyone,” said DeLancey, “Whether you’re gay or straight, open, closeted, male or female, it crosses all barriers, ethnicity, financial or statistical bounds so it can reach anyone.”
Moving forward, community members say, they just hope to create change that will help millions of people facing this battle in the future.
Community members tell us they also hope to push for more events throughout the year that will help raise awareness about AIDS and celebrate achieved milestones in HIV prevention.