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Posted at 2:40 PM ET, 11/30/2010

World AIDS Day kicks off (Photos)

By Melissa Bell
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Graves seen through the window of an abandoned cemetery caretaker's hut in Cape Town. Many of those buried in the cemetery died from AIDS or related complications such as tuberculosis. (Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters)

Wednesday marks World AIDS Day. With 33 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide -- including in an estimated 1.1 million Americans -- awareness campaigns are kicking into high gear to promote testing and prevention programs. Governments, NGOs and Bono's RED campaign kicked off World AIDS Day campaigns a day early. RED started in Sydney, unveiling a red-colored harbor. The group will be dressing more than 80 iconic landmarks across 13 countries in red.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more Americans are getting tested for the AIDS virus, but an estimated 20 percent of Americans infected with the disease are still unaware they have it.

To find out more about World AIDS Day visit Aids.gov. To find a location to be tested for AIDS, go here. For D.C. events, see a list here. See more photos of campaigns from around the world after the page break.

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The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge are lit red.(Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images for RED)
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People dressed as condoms hold up signs in a performance during an AIDS and HIV prevention campaign in downtown Lima, November 30, 2010. The signs read 'Responsible love = condom', 'Protect from AIDS, use a condom' and 'Condom or nothing'. (Mariana Bazo/Reuters)
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An HIV-positive child looks on during a rally where sex workers, transgendered minorities and HIV-positive people tmarched in Bangalore. The UNAIDS agency says some 2.5 million Indians are living with HIV, many of them ostracised by their communities. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images)
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An HIV-positive child looks on during a rally where sex workers, transgendered minorities and HIV-positive people tmarched in Bangalore. The UNAIDS agency says some 2.5 million Indians are living with HIV, many of them ostracised by their communities. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images)
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A doctor uses a banana to demonstrate how to use a condom to women during a lecture on HIV/AIDS at a compulsory drug rehabilitation clinic in Suining, Sichuan province. (Reuters)
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Students join hands in front of the National Taiwan Museum in Taipei (Nicky Loh/Reuters)

By Melissa Bell  | November 30, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
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Comments

Finally AIDS victims do have a voice. But there needs to more awareness created and frankly, we need to eradicate the way we perceive this dreaded disease. Still there are too many people who fall victim to fear and prejudice. How are we to move forward as one world, when we hold onto such negative and very "human" traits? How shameful it is that we call ourselves civilized to treat orphans like animals (http://www.navidot.com/cn_boy6/)? Awareness is key but a change in our attitude is what's important - https://creately.com/blog/diagrams/over-5000-people-die-from-aids-daily-you%E2%80%99re-responsible/

Posted by: ForzaRP | December 1, 2010 4:32 AM | Report abuse

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