. Indian social activists and children release a World AIDS Day awareness sign tied to ballons in Kolkata on Dec. 1, 2015.

World AIDS Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP – Getty Images

. A woman and her child walk past a mural ahead of World Aids Day in Mumbai on Nov. 30.

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. Divyakant Solanki / EPA

. Thai activists march through the Pattaya resort town east of Bangkok on Dec. 1. Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters

. An Indian couple walks past a sand sculpture, created by sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik, on Golden Sea Beach in Puri, near Bhubaneswar, on Nov. 30.

About 36.9 million people worldwide carried the HIV virus by the end of 2014, according to a recent UNAIDS report. Str / AFP – Getty Images

. A Bangladeshi sex worker sits under a tree decorated with red ribbons in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Dec. 1. Abir Abdullah / EPA

. A transgender woman stands in front of placards as activists march through the Pattaya resort town, east of Bangkok, on Dec. 1. Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters

. Members of the organization People Living with HIV AIDS (PLHA) lie on the street in New Delhi on Dec. 1, during a protest demanding the revival of focus on India’s AIDS program.

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. Sajjad Hussain / AFP – Getty Images

. A HIV-positive person from the Support and Care Centre of the Sumanahalli Society prepares ‘red ribbons’ in Bangalore on Nov. 30. Manjunath Kiran / AFP – Getty Images

. The Empire State building is lit with red lights on the eve of World Aids Day on Nov. 30 in New York. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

. Indonesian medical students light candles during a vigil in Surabaya, Indonesia on Dec. 1. Trisnadi / AP

. Members of the city’s gay community hold candles as they walk in a procession commorating World Aids Day on Nov. 30 in Berlin. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

. The Stop Aids Now Foundation burns ten thousand candles in Amsterdam’s Arena on Dec. 1, to commemorate this past year’s AIDS victims. Netherlands Handout via AFP – Getty Images