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ONTD_Political's PotD: December 01, 2010.


World AIDS Day 2010 | December 1 marks World AIDS Day. A recent United Nations report revealed that nearly 33.4 million people are infected by the HIV virus throughout the world. In Europe, more than 80 iconic landmarks across 13 countries joined (RED) to promote awareness of the ongoing fight against the AIDS epidemic, by turning red to mark World AIDS Day on December 1. Elsewhere around the world there were candlelight vigils, quilt displays and a variety of other events.
Members of the Atlacatl Association, a non-profit organisation addressing the needs of HIV-positive individuals, pose for a picture in front of a lighted red ribbon display during an event to mark World AIDS Day in San Salvador December 1, 2010.  (REUTERS/Luis Galdamez)


Spiritual Director Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea, left, is silhouetted after positioning the illuminated red ribbon in the window of Toronto's Metropolitan United Church in honor of World Aids Day Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (The Canadian Press / Darren Calabrese)



The London Eye turns (RED) on World AIDS Day on December 1, 2010 in London England. (Getty Images / Clive Brunskill)



(L-R) Gabourey Sidibe, Gabrielle Union and  Christy Turlington Burns attend the World AIDS Day event at Brooklyn Borough Hall on December 1, 2010 in New York City.  (John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)






In this handout image provided by RED, ST. Paul's Cathedral turns (RED) on World AIDS Day 2010 on December 1, 2010 London England. (Getty Images / Handout)



The Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge are lit red ahead of World AIDS Day 2010, on November 30, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Getty Images for RED / Lisa Maree Williams)



The Paris City Hall turns (RED) for the World AIDS Day on December 1, 2010 in Paris, France. (Getty Images / Julien M. Hekimian)



The Empire State Building is lit up red in recognition of World AIDS Day in New York December 1, 2010. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)



People demonstrate to mark the World AIDS Day, at Bastille place in Paris, Wednesday Dec. 1, 2010. (AP / Jacques Brinon)



The Puerta de Alcala (Door of Alcala) displays a red ribbon on December 1, 2010 in Madrid, for the commemoration of the World AIDS Day. (AFP/ Getty Images / Javier Soriano)



A man holds red symbols of the fight against AIDS in Pamplona northern Spain, Wednesday Dec.1, 2010 during events for World Aids Day. (AP / Alvaro Barrientos)



A red ribbon hangs from the the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov., 30, 2010, to commemorate World Aids Day. (AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais)



Activists hold a mock funeral in front of  the White House December 1, 2010 in Washington, DC. The activists were calling for the Obama administration to more to fight the disease on World AIDS Day. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)






Sister Mary Timothy Simplicity (L) and Sister Jezabelle of the of Enraptured Sling of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence embrace as the names of AIDS victims are read during an AIDS Day memorial service at the National AIDS Memorial Grove on December 1, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images / Justin Sullivan)






Rose petals and a rosary adorn the engraved names of AIDS victims at the National AIDS Memorial Grove on December 1, 2010 in San Francisco, California. World AIDS Day was observed around the globe today. (Getty Images / Justin Sullivan)



Frank De La Hoya visits The Wall-Las Memorias AIDS Monument during preparation for the 17th annual Noche De Las Memorias community event and candlelight vigil commemorating World AIDS Day on December 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)



Students look over The AIDS Memorial Quilt December 1, 2010 at Borough Hall in Brooklyn in New York City. December first is World AIDS Day, and a collection of New York health services groups gathered at the historic building in downtown Brooklyn to display the quilt and offer free HIV testing and educational outreach. (Getty Images / Chris Hondros)



Volunteer Noah Fixelle spreads out a 12x12 ft quilt during the sixth annual World AIDS Day AIDS Memorial Quilt in the R. Dobbs University Center at Emory on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 in Atlanta. (AP / Vino Wong)



People take part in a rally markin World AIDS Day on December 1, 2010 at Bastille Square in Paris. Around the world there were an estimated 2.6 million new infections last year, down from about 3.3 million at the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1999, according to Paul De Lay, deputy executive director of UNAIDS. Placard reads "Stop aids" (BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)





An activist takes part in a demonstration on World AIDS Day in Guatemala City December 1, 2010. (REUTERS/Daniel LeClair)



Jorge Saavedra (L) and Gabriel Rodriguez hold hands during their marriage on the World AIDS Day in Mexico City, on December 1, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)



Samruei, a 35 year-old terminally ill Thai woman rests with her cat at a hospice for those dying of AIDS at a Buddhist temple Wat Prabat Nampu in Lopburi on the World AIDS day December 1, 2010. The temple's AIDS hospice is the largest of its kind in Thailand, providing housing for HIV positive patients and palliative care for those in the final stages of the disease. Thailand has been widely praised for its work in containing the virus. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)






Samurei, a 44 year-old terminally ill Thai man rests at a hospice for those dying of AIDS at a Buddhist temple Wat Prabat Nampu in Lopburi on the World AIDS day December 1, 2010. The temple's AIDS hospice is the largest of its kind in Thailand, providing housing for HIV positive patients and palliative care for those in the final stages of the disease. Thailand has been widely praised for its work in containing the virus. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)



Sontaya, a 39 year-old HIV positive Thai man who claims to have three wives, all HIV positive, plays with a cat at a hospice for those dying of AIDS at a Buddhist temple Wat Prabat Nampu in Lopburi on the World AIDS day December 1, 2010. The temple's AIDS hospice is the largest of its kind in Thailand, providing housing for HIV positive patients and palliative care for those in the final stages of the disease. Thailand has been widely praised for its work in containing the virus. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)



Shown is Boat House Row illuminated with red lights to commemorate World Aids Day, in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP / Matt Rourke)



A couple walks past a giant 25-meter long condom as people gather inside it during an AIDS awareness event marking World AIDS Day in Budapest on December 1, 2010. (AFP/ Getty Images / Atilla Kisbenedek)





A Serbian activist holds balloons on December 1, 2010 during a World AIDS Day rally in the center of Belgrade. (AFP/ Getty Images / Andrej Isakovic)



A man walks behind candles form a ribbon touring events for World Aids Day,at the city of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP / Nikolas Giakoumidis)



People gather to light candles for those who have died of AIDS, on the international World AIDS Day in Copenhagen, Wednesday Dec. 1, 2010. (AP / Emil Ryge Christoffersen)



Bollywood actress and singer Vasundhara Das, center, participates in a candle light vigil with others during an awareness rally on World AIDS Day in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP / Aijaz Rahi)



Indian children affected with HIV participate in an awareness rally on World AIDS Day in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP / Rajanish Kakade)






Nepalese HIV-positive people and activists hold placards demanding access to adequate medical services during a rally to mark World AIDS Day in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP / Binod Joshi)



Masked Indonesian activists display a banner and posters during a small rally marking the World AIDS Day in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP / Tatan Syuflana)



Students hug each other during the "Free Hugs" campaign as they commemorate World Aids Day at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 (AP / Hussein Malla)



A attendee listens to speeches of acting Afghan Health Minister Suraya Dalil, unseen, during a ceremony marking the World AIDS Day in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP / Musadeq Sadeq)



Red Ribbon HIV/ AIDS awareness banners and leaflets are seen during a press conference at the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul on World AIDS Day on December 1, 2010. (AFP/ Getty Images / Shah Marai)



An Afghan woman walks past HIV/ AIDS awareness banners displayed outside the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul on World AIDS Day on December 1, 2010. (AFP/ Getty Images / Shah Marai)



Pakistani eunuchs take part in a rally to mark Worlds AIDS Day in Karachi on December 1, 2010. (AFP/ Getty Images / Rizwan Tabassum)



Filipino health workers and volunteers release red and white balloons after marching through Manila streets to mark World AIDS Day, Wednesday Dec. 1, 2010 in Manila, Philippines. (AP / Bullit Marquez)



A RED Table Mountain on World AIDS Day 2010 on December 1, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Getty Images / Getty Images)



A woman signs a consent form at a mobile healthcare clinic parked in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. Passersby were encouraged to volunteer to be tested for the HIV virus in a "Know Your Status" government drive. (AP / Denis Farrell)



Children walk past a US funded mobile AIDS testing unit in Langa, a surburb of Cape Town, during the world AIDS Day on December 1, 2010. A million people are now receiving anti-AIDS drugs in South Africa, a country with the world's heaviest HIV infections, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said. South Africa has 5.6 million people who are HIV-positive out of a 50-million population, according to UN estimates.  (RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)



A person does a blood test at a roadside AIDS testing table in Langa, a suburb of Cape Town during the International AIDS Day on December 01, 2010. A million people are now receiving anti-AIDS drugs in South Africa, a country with the world's heaviest HIV infections, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said. South Africa has 5.6 million people who are HIV-positive out of a 50-million population, according to UN estimates.  (RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)



A Woman holds a candle, lighted for AIDS' victims, during a World AIDS Day Community Dialogue, organized by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in Langa, a surburb of Cape Town, on December 1, 2010. (AFP/ Getty Images / Rodger Bosch)



People demonstrate to celebrate the World AIDS Day in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP / Ibrahim Usta)



Turkish activists perform on December 1, 2010 during a World AIDS Day rally in the center of Istanbul. (AFP/ Getty Images / Mustafa Ozer)



Five-year-old Peter Otieno stands in the inside courtyard of the preschool he attends in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya on November 29, 2010. Peter is HIV positive and became infected after his mother gave birth to him. Both his father and his mother have passed away and he is taken care by his grandmother. The preschool is managed by the Nyanyo Project who's goal is to empower African grandmothers who care for their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. According to an HIV charity for Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world. An estimated 22.5 million people are living with HIV in the region - around two thirds of the global total. In 2009 around 1.3 million people died from AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and 1.8 million people became infected with HIV. Since the beginning of the epidemic 14.8 million children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.  (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)



A woman gets a red ribbon drawn on her face during the commemoration of the World AIDS Day in Tegucigalpa, on December 1, 2010. (AFP/ Getty Images / Orlando Sierra)



An HIV infected child plays outside a primary school premises of the Community Health Education Society on the outskirts of Chennai, India, 01 December 2010. Indian Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told parliament on November 24 that nearly 53,000 children in the country are HIV positive. He admitted that the major source of the infection "is vertical transmission from their infected pregnant mothers". While India may have stemmed the AIDS epidemic "it miserably failed in prevention of parent to child transmission of HIV", says the AIDS Society of India (ASI), a professional body of doctors in HIV care.  (EPA/NATHAN G.)




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