Merchants and advocates are in talks with the family that owns the vacant Market and Noe Center near the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco to put on public view 40 sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt during the week of Valentine’s Day, The Bay Area Reporter (BAR) reports. Roughly 320 individual panels stored locally would be showcased. Organizers said it would be the largest quilt display in the city since the NAMES Project Foundation, the nonprofit that cares for the quilt, closed its Castro workshop on Market Street in 1999 and relocated to Atlanta in 2000. According to NAMES, the quilt now weighs in at 54 tons and includes more than 47,000 panels dedicated in memory of more than 90,000 individuals.
Health officials will give away condoms on Valentine’s Day in the Philippines despite protests from a Catholic archbishop, GMA News reports. Health workers will focus their distribution efforts in bars, massage parlors and similar establishments targeting men who have sex with men (MSM). Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said, “The use of contraceptives affects the morality of our people and our society in general…[Filipinos instead should practice] abstinence, fidelity to one’s spouse and obedience to God’s will.” The Philippines reported at least 236 new cases of HIV in 2011.