Several candlelight vigils and ceremonies are being held around the state to call attention to HIV and AIDS, and remember those who have lost their lives to the disease.

According to the Maine Health Equity Alliance, there are approximately 36.7 people worldwide living with HIV, and about 30% of those people don't know they have it. Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980's, 35 million people have died as a result of AIDS-related illnesses. The organization works to provide education about the disease, ensure access to testing and treatment, and fight against stigma. Several candlelight vigils and recognition ceremonies are being held around the state.

  • Augusta - A service and concert, 6 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 69 Winthrop Street.
  • Bangor - Candlelight vigil, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Pickering Square. Candles and red ribbons are provided
  • Ellsworth - Candlelight vigil, 6 p.m., Union River Bridge. Candles and red ribbons are provided
  • Waterville - Candlelight vigil, 6 p.m., Two Cent Bridge. Candles and red ribbons provided

HEAL provides free HIV and Hepatitis C testing, sexual health services, HIV case management, and a syringe exchange program. Find more information on the organization's website.