The Candlelight Memorial began in 1983 when HIV and how it is transmitted, was still being discovered. Knowing they would die within the year, four young men – Bobbi Campbell, Bobby Reynolds, Dan Turner and Mark Feldman – decided to put a "face on the disease" by coordinating a small vigil behind a banner reading “Fighting For Our Lives".
The four planned a march through the San Francisco gay district Castro to City Hall and created a poster. As others joined in, the Candlelight drew thousands, beginning a movement that would inspire countless other people living with HIV and AIDS in other countries to focus the attention of communities and national leaders on HIV, to foster support, and move people to action.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, coordinated by the Global Network of People living with HIV is now one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in 115 countries.