PHOTOS: World AIDS Day 2012

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com December 02 2012 8:12 PM ET

MAC VIVA GLAM Spokesperson Ricky Martin Kicks Off World AIDS Day on November 30, 2012 in New York City.

Taiwanese people dressed in red T-shirts form the number 2012 (below) to mark World AIDS Day at a train station in Taipei on December 1, 2012. Taiwan's health department organised the event to boost the awareness for HIV and AIDS prevention.

AIDS activists light candles placed in the shape of a red ribbon during an event marking World AIDS Day in Manila. Discrimination against homosexuals and people infected with HIV is contributing to the rapid rise of the incurable disease in the Philippines, officials and health activists said.

Volunteers hold hands on the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge in central Paris on December 1, 2012 to create a humain chain as part of World AIDS Day.

World Aids Day, in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Indian nursing students hold a candlelight vigil on the occasion of World AIDS Day in Amritsar on December 1, 2012. The UNAIDS agency says some 2.5 million Indians are living with HIV, many of them ostracised by their communities.

Activists participate in a march during the commemoration of World AIDS Day, in San Salvador, El Salvador, on December 1, 2012.

Youths hold candles as they kneel during a flash mob marking the World AIDS Day in the center of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, on December 1, 2012.

People hold pictures bearing the world "guilty" of (left to right) Foreign Affairs minsiter Laurent Fabius, government spokes person Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Health minister Marisol Touraine, French Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and French president Francois Hollande during a rally marking World AIDS Day, on December 1, 2012 in Paris.

A man holds a candle during a rally marking World AIDS Day, on December 1, 2012 in Paris.

Libyan men donate blood during an event marking the World AIDS Day in Tripoli, on December 1, 2012. World AIDS Day marks a pandemic that in 2011 claimed 1.7 million lives and led to 2.5 million new HIV infections, according to the latest UN figures.

Indian transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi (left) greets a fellow activist as participants celebrate at a cultural event following the All-India Run as they observe World AIDS Day in New Delhi on December 2, 2012. More than 1,000 people joined together to raise awareness of the continued support needed to address HIV among high-risk groups and to celebrate the diversity of affected communities.

Indian women walk past a 100 foot long AIDS red ribbon sand sculpture as part of an awareness campaign on the eve of World AIDS Day at Chandrabhaga sea beach in Konark on November 30, 2012. The UNAIDS agency says some 2.5 million Indians are living with HIV, many of them ostracised by their communities.