The Department of Health (DOH) observes the AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day on the 18th of May. This event will observe the global theme, "Reflecting on our Past, Preparing for our Future!" to emphasize the need for people living with and affected by HIV to join hands and reflect on the past and the precious lives that have been lost.

The Memorial also asks to work together to sustain, strengthen and revitalize our worldwide response to HIV by looking forward and preparing for our future free of HIV-related stigma and discrimination and with universal access to the full range of human rights, including quality prevention, treatment and care services for all.