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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
CALIFORNIA: Solemn Ceremony Opens AIDS Quilt Display
Matthew S. Bajko
February 10, 2012
Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco) (02.09.12) - Friday,

This weekend, San Francisco will host its first large-scale display of AIDS Memorial Quilt blocks since 1999. A reading of the names of 10,000 of the people the quilt memorializes will open the exhibit.

"The quilt has not been shown in San Francisco for years. Many of my employees who are part of the younger generation have no knowledge about it," said Petyr Kane, a Castro neighborhood retailer who helped organize the display.

"We wanted to do something big that would draw attention back to this critical issue and combat what we're seeing as a decreasing concern about getting infected," said Beth Feingold, executive director of Under One Roof. The Castro store, whose proceeds benefit HIV agencies, also worked to make the display possible. The Names Project, which maintains the quilt, was founded in San Francisco but relocated to Atlanta in 2000.

The display begins at noon Sunday at the former Tower Records store, 2278 Market St. Quilt panels will be on view also at Body, 450 Castro St.; Under One Roof, 518A Castro St.; Bank of America, 501 Castro St.; and Catch, 2362 Market St. The exhibit continues through Feb. 20; there is no admission charge, but donations will be collected to support local AIDS nonprofits.