Quilting workshop held Tuesday to honor friends and family members with HIV and AIDS

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Friends and families who have lost someone to HIV or AIDS gathered to remember their loved ones while bringing awareness to the disease on Tuesday.

The NAMES Project Foundation and the Jefferson County Department of Health held a quilting workshop at Girls Ink.

Their Call My Name Workshop project gives people a way to honor their friends and families using photos, sayings and other mementos so their memories are never forgotten.

“It allows people to grieve their loved ones who have passed from AIDS and it also helps to erase some of the stigma around HIV and AIDS,” said Crystal Howard with the HIV Prevention Network. “It’s just also to memorialize and honor their loved ones who have passed from AIDS.”

From 1989 to 2012, more than 18,000 cases of HIV infection have been reported in the state of Alabama. During that time, 6,000 people have died from AIDS.

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