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World AIDS Day 2011

Today (1 December) marks World AIDS Day, where governments, organisations, charities and individuals from around the globe come together to commemorate those who have died from the disease and raise awareness for continued research into treatments and a possible cure. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have lost their lives to the virus, and an estimated 33.3 million people worldwide are currently living with HIV. Below, we've documented the many ways in which people are uniting for World AIDS Day 2011, from celebrity campaigns to candle-lit vigils...

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    Workers hang a huge red ribbon on the North Portico of the White House one day ahead of World AIDS Day.

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    A woman talks on her mobile phone next to a giant red ribbon displayed outside the World Health Organization regional office during World AIDS Day in Manila, capital of the Philippines.

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    People light candles under a giant red ribbon, the symbol of "love and care" for HIV and AIDS carriers worldwide, at a gathering at the Puerta de Alcala in Madrid.

    HIV infections continued to rise in Europe in 2010, but thanks to treatment the number of cases of full-blown AIDS has dramatically declined in recent years.

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    Participants prepare to release balloons while standing next to a sea of candles at the conclusion of a march to mourn the victims of AIDS on November 30 in Berlin.

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    Dozens of volunteers join a human chain in the form of a red ribbon at a gathering in downtown Taipei, Taiwan, ahead of World AIDS Day.

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    Burma's democracy icon and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during an event marking the World AIDS day at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon.

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    Chinese residents hold balloons as they take part in an AIDS awareness program to mark World AIDS Day in southwest China's municipality of Chongqing.

    The official Xinhua news agency said the number of people living with HIV in the country is predicted to hit 780,000 by the end of 2011.

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    An activist takes part in a gathering to mark World AIDS Day in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    Some 1,161 HIV positive cases have been identified in the country between 1987 and the end of September 2011.

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    President of the Cambodia Red Cross Bunrany Hun Sen (centre) addresses people during a ceremony to mark World AIDS Day in Kandal province, south of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

    Some 300 HIV sufferers and their relatives were given food parcels by the Cambodian Red Cross.

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    Indian Bollywood actress Sameera Reddy poses at the launch of the Red Ribbon campaign for World AIDS Day organised by 92.7 Big FM radio station in Mumbai.

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    Luxury hotel The W London marks World AIDS Day by turning red, as part of its partnership with The Elton John AIDS Foundation. The hotel also launched an intimacy pack for couples to enjoy safe sex.

    Kelly Rowland, who is supporting the initiative, said, "I’m thrilled to be continuing my support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation with this partnership with W London as they highlight the importance of safe sex – it’s an issue close to my heart. None of us can afford to be complacent when it comes to the risk of HIV."

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    The Elton John AIDS Foundation is also raising money via the sale of these WOW Bikes, which were created by Alice Temperley and Paloma Faith, among others.

    Each bicycle is being auctioned on Ebay with all proceeds going to the foundation.

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    Elton John himself is spending World AIDS Day at an event in Sydney.

    This year's campaign is focused on creating an AIDS-free generation by 2015, with emphasis on the need to reduce cases of mother-to-child transmission of HIV from about 390,000 a year to zero by 2015.

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    Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes unveils the A|X Armani Exchange Dance4life! T-shirt in honour of World AIDS Day in New York.

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    Pop star Estelle prepares to switch on the Kenneth Cole Christmas Tree lights at House of Fraser in Westfield London, to raise awareness about the Come Together campaign where designer Kenneth Cole has reinterpreted the iconic AIDS ribbon to benefit amfAR and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.

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    Kenneth Cole's Come Together campaign is also supported by Cyndi Lauper.

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    Kenneth Cole's Come Together campaign is being screened on MTV channels worldwide, with singer-songwriter Kesha another advocate of the initiative.

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    The Come Together campaign has redesigned the AIDS ribbon, featuring a double loop to symbolise the coming together of individuals and the re-doubling of efforts in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

    Grammy-nominated singer Skylar Grey is another supporter of the campaign.

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    Meanwhile, singer Annie Lennox shows her support of World AIDS Day on an episode of Loose Women, filmed in London.

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    Beauty brands are joining the fight too. From November 28 to December 2, 2011, MAC Cosmetics employees around the world will put away their makeup brushes and use their helping hands to participate in an annual company-wide volunteer effort to commemorate World AIDS Day.

    MAC stores and counters will also observe the day with the sounds of former MAC VIVA GLAM spokespeople, including Lady Gaga (pictured), who have helped raise over $235 million through the MAC AIDS Fund for men, women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.