Quilt honoring lives lost from HIV/AIDS hangs at Montefiore

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A quilt with deep meaning has been unveiled at Montefiore Health Systems.

The 12x12 foot quilt recognizes lives lost in the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

Each panel is 6x6, which is symbolic of the size of a coffin. 

This quilt honors the lives lost from AIDS and HIV and is hanging at Montefiore, the medical center that officials say treats the most HIV patients in the state. 

"The quilt brings us back the memories of difficult times, and it really helps to showcase the tremendous advances we made in HIV care in the last 30 years,” says Alana Murphy, of Montefiore.

Medical staff says the Bronx had 500 newly diagnosed HIV patients last year.

Montefiore received the quilt from The Names Project.

"I tell them everything that you heard all the stories, they're not true anymore so one there is tremendous hope you are likely going to live a completely normal life,” says Dr. Barry Zingman.

The quilt will be hanging up at Montefiore throughout the weekend.

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