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Group marches in DC ahead of AIDS conference

Sunday - 7/22/2012, 7:02pm  ET

By JESSICA GRESKO
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 1,000 people marched through downtown Washington on Sunday to call attention to the ongoing struggle against HIV and AIDS, the subject of an international conference being held in the city.

Organizers said the aim of the "Keep the Promise" march was to remind world leaders and policymakers that AIDS remains a threat to global health. Marchers used red umbrellas to create a human red ribbon in advance of the march. Some carried balloons in the shape of globes as they marched, and others carried signs reading "Test & Treat Now" and "Yes we can control AIDS."

The march was organized by the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The 2012 International AIDS Conference opened Sunday evening and runs through Friday.


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