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AIDS conference in Washington DC
The world's largest AIDS conference returns to the United States for the first time since 1990.
People look at quilts in memory of AIDS victims at the "Keep the Promise" rally of AIDS advocates in Washington on July 22. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a leading US expert in the AIDS pandemic, said there is "no excuse" scientifically for not putting an end to the disease that has killed some 30 million people since it emerged in the 1980s. Speaking to reporters on the first day of the International AIDS Conference in the US capital, Fauci said science has the tools needed to combat HIV/AIDS.— Nicholas Kamm / AFP
British pop icon Elton John walks to the podium to read names appearing on the AIDS Quilt on the National Mall on July 23 as part of the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. The conference is expected to draw 25,000 people, including politicians, scientists and activists, as well as some of the estimated 34 million people living with HIV who will tell their stories.— Karen Bleier / AFP
Adrian Gonzalez, an employee of the Condom Project, sets up a display at the International AIDS 2012 Conference in Washington on July 23. The Condom Project (TCP) was established by a group of AIDS educators, activists and artists who work to de-stigmatize condoms among all people and to increase their use among sexually active individuals.— Kevin Lamarque / X00157
Sex workers from around the world relax during the Sex Workers' Freedom Festival in Kolkata on July 22. Sex workers and social activists from 42 countries are congregrating in the city to participate in the week long festival organised to protest against the US government's travel restrictions on sex workers wanting to attend an intenational AIDS conference in Washington.— Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP
HIV-positive patient Aaron Laxton of St. Louis, center right, and other activists participate in a march from the Washington Convention Center to the White House on July 24, in Washington, D.C. AIDS activists from organizations all around the world participated in the march to "demand rights and resources to confront and cure HIV/AIDS."— Alex Wong / Getty Images North America
Timothy Ray Brown, left, known as the "Berlin Patient," is the only person to have been cured of AIDS. He is greeted while waiting to enter a press conference to announce the launch of the Timothy Ray Brown Foundation at the Westin City Center hotel in Washington, D.C. "I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy," Brown said of the treatment process that eventually cured him.— T.j. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images North America
Thousand of activists, sex workers and their children -- with many of them carrying symbollic red umbrellas -- attend a rally as a part of the International AIDS Conference organized by the Durber Mahila Samannay Committee in the Sonagachi redlight district in Calcutta, eastern India. A six-day conference is being held in Calcutta with hundreds of sex workers gathering from 30 countries to oppose the U.S. decision to not grant them travel visas.— Piyal Adhikary / EPA