Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will unveil a monument to remember and celebrate the lives of all those affected by HIV and AIDS in Phoenix Park today.
The “Embraced Loop” design expresses solidarity with everyone who has been affected by HIV and AIDS, to remember those who've died, and all who supported them.
Mr Varadkar will be joined by Equality Minister Roderic O’Gorman for the ceremony in the People’s Park, along with activist Rory O’Neill from the HIV/AIDS monument project oversight group.
Executive Director of HIV Ireland Stephen O’Hare said the new national monument is an opportunity to “reflect” on the history of the illness in Ireland.
“It’s a monument to remember, a monument to reflect on how far we've come and a monument to celebrate the lives and contributions of all people,” he said.
The new monument was designed by Anaisa Franco and Michael R DiCarlo, who were awarded the role following an open competition accepting submissions.
The loop uses the HIV symbol, a red ribbon, to create a shape where the rope loop closes, creating an embrace of solidarity.
HIV rates more than doubled in 2022, according to Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) statistics show.
Its data for HIV cases shows a rise from 400 in 2021 to 874 in 2022 — a 118% increase.
The HSPC said this is because of lockdowns, social and physical distancing measures and reduced testing opportunities.