World AIDS Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.
India has the third-highest number of people living with HIV in the world, with 2.1 million Indians accounting for four of every 10 people infected in Asia, according to a July 2014 United Nations report.
. Thai activists march through the Pattaya resort town east of Bangkok on Dec. 1.
About 36.9 million people worldwide carried the HIV virus by the end of 2014, according to a recent UNAIDS report.
. A Bangladeshi sex worker sits under a tree decorated with red ribbons in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Dec. 1.
. A transgender woman stands in front of placards as activists march through the Pattaya resort town, east of Bangkok, on Dec. 1.
India will fully fund its globally-lauded AIDS control program federally, the health minister said on Tuesday, restoring support months after it was criticized for slashing its contribution and asking individual states to fill the gap.
. A HIV-positive person from the Support and Care Centre of the Sumanahalli Society prepares 'red ribbons' in Bangalore on Nov. 30.
. The Empire State building is lit with red lights on the eve of World Aids Day on Nov. 30 in New York.
. Indonesian medical students light candles during a vigil in Surabaya, Indonesia on Dec. 1.
. Members of the city's gay community hold candles as they walk in a procession commorating World Aids Day on Nov. 30 in Berlin.
. The Stop Aids Now Foundation burns ten thousand candles in Amsterdam's Arena on Dec. 1, to commemorate this past year's AIDS victims.