The Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation hosted the 32nd Annual Aids Candlelight Memorial in Columbus Sunday.
Over a dozen people came to remember and honor those who have died from Aids and HIV.
Jeremy Hobbs of the Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation said many people that died from HIV have been forgotten due to the stigma and fear surrounding the disease.
“In fact, some people lied and said their children moved away just so they wouldn’t have to explain the death. And today we honor those people’s memories,” said Hobbs.
People shared stories about their experiences with HIV and loved ones they lost. There was also a candlelight vigil and balloon release.
Hobbs said there are over 2,300 people living with HIV and AIDS in Columbus today.