World AIDS Day 2021 

End Inequalities. End HIV. End Pandemics

Commemorate and reflect on World AIDS Day with Frannie Peabody Center


World AIDS Day is an important time for our community to come together to honor our friends, family, and loved ones who have passed from HIV/AIDS, but also to support and encourage those who are still living with or impacted by this disease. 

Frannie Peabody Center will be hosting multiple events, including a candlelight vigil on December 1st, in addition to viewings of AIDS Quilt panels and free HIV testing during select time slots from December 1st-5th. Both of these events are open to the public, although we encourage RSVP's for the vigil. For more information about each event, please click on the event buttons below for specific details. 



  • The AIDS Quilt will be available for viewing from December 1st-5th, please see "AIDS Quilt" button below for the full schedule.

  • Free testing will occur during select times between the 1st and 5th.

  • The candlelight vigil with remarks from Dr. Shah, Director of the ME CDC, will start at 5:00pm on December 1st. See button below for more details and to RSVP. 

Why Do We Wear A Red Ribbon?

Created in 1991 by a group of artists known as "Visual AIDS", the red ribbon was designed to be a powerful visual representation of compassion for people living with HIV  and their care givers. We continue to wear this symbol proudly to show solidarity with those living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS, and to commemorate and honor those who have passed. This ribbon has become an international symbol of hope, courage, and empathy as a community, and we proudly wear it to show our dedication to fight for the end of HIV/AIDS. Click here for more information about the Red Ribbon Project.