People around the world observe World AIDS Day on December 1. World AIDS Day is commemorated to raise awareness of the pandemic.
The number of people living with HIV rose slightly last year to 34 million, up from 33.5 million in 2010, according to UNAIDS. Since the first case of HIV, AIDS has taken the lives of 30 million people world wide.
Members of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy wearing red ribbons attend a ceremony at the party headquarters in Yangon, Myanmar. - Photo by AP
Karla Hernandez, an HIV-positive patient, rests on a bed at the Hospital Manolo Morales in Managua November 30, 2012. ? Photo by Reuters
A volunteer displays a banner to promote AIDS awareness during an awareness campaign in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ? Photo by AP
Young schoolboys play in the shade of trees during break in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School, in the village of Nyumbani which caters to children who lost their parents to HIV, and grandparents who lost their children to HIV, with the bookend generations taking care of one another, in Kenya. UNAIDS says that as of 2011 an estimated 23.5 million people living with HIV resided in sub-Saharan Africa, representing 69 percent of the global HIV burden, with eastern and southern Africa the hardest-hit regions.?
Children receive inhalotherapy in the San Jose Hospice, in Sacatepequez, 45 km (28 miles) of Guatemala City, November 30, 2012. About 68 HIV-infected children receive free medical care at the hospice, many of them were found abandoned in markets, churches, fire stations, left neglected in hospitals or in some instances, brought in by their families who cannot afford to pay for their medical treatment. ? Photo by Reuters
A man walks through an arch decorated with illustrations of AIDS awareness ribbons during a AIDS awareness event at a subway station on World AIDS Day in Beijing.? Photo by AFP
Hundreds of Indonesian youths participate in the "Dance 4 Life" as part of social awareness campaign against HIV/AIDS in celebration of the World AIDS Day in Jakarta. The southeast Asian nation's incidence of HIV infection increased by more than 25 percent in adults aged 15 to 49 from 2001 to 2011, according to the UNAIDS 2012 Global Report released on November 21. ? Photo by AFP
A volunteer dressed as a bear (R) hands out leaflets with an AIDS awareness message at a subway station. ? Photo by AFP
Indian volunteers and members of a social organisation holds placards with HIV/AIDS awareness messages during a rally to celebrate World AIDS Day in Kolkata. The UNAIDS agency says some 2.5 million Indians are living with HIV, many of them ostracized by their communities. ? Photo by AFP
Sri Lankan activists hold a placard marked with symbolic red ribbons, take part in a gathering to mark World AIDS Day in Colombo. Some 1,161 HIV positive cases have been identified in the country between 1987 and the end of September 2011. ? Photo by AFP
A truck carries a poster advertising World's AIDS Day in Hanoi. Since the first HIV case detected in 1990, the number of cases is projected to be 280,000 or 0.47 percent of the Vietnamese population in 2012 with injecting drug users (IDU) accounting for up to 65 percent of people living with HIV. ? Photo by AFP
A Pakistani drug addict inhales heroin on the roadside in Karachi. Pakistani cleric Abdul Khaliq Faridi used to think HIV/AIDS was a mortal sin. But today, he educates thousands about a disease on the rise in the deeply conservative Muslim country. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani cleric Abdul Khaliq Faridi (C) was among the first recruited by a government-sponsored project bringing clerics, the most influential segment of Pakistani society, into the fight against HIV/AIDS too commonly dismissed as depravity by ordinary people. ? Photo by AFP
A boy lights a candle to set to a symbolic Red Ribbon during a rally in the center of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. Ukraine has one of the fastest growing HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world. ? Photo by AFP
A large red ribbon is installed on the North Portico of the White House in Washington November 30, 2012. ? Photo by Reuters
A Ukrainian woman wearing a medical mask demonstrates in front of the memorial monument to AIDS victims in Kiev, Ukraine. An estimated 230,000 Ukrainians, or about 0.8 percent of people aged 15 to 49 in a population of 46 million, are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Some 120,000 are in urgent need of anti-retroviral therapy, which can greatly prolong and improve the quality of their lives. But due to a lack of funds, less than a quarter are receiving the drugs, one of the lowest levels in the world. ?
Students form a giant red ribbon during a publicity campaign to promote awareness about HIV/AIDS in Taipei. ? Photo by Reuters
Filipinos carry placards and AIDS symbols as they march towards the Heroes Shrine at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. The activists were calling for increased awareness to the rising number of HIV infections and AIDS-related cases and called on the government and other sectors to help break the social stigma brought about by the disease. ? Photo by AP