Leaders Mark World AIDS Day in D.C.

Mayor Vincent Gray helps mark the day with a series of events throughout the city

Friday, Dec 2, 2011  |  Updated 4:44 PM EDT
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Leaders Mark World AIDS Day in D.C.

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Workers hang a huge red ribbon on the North Portico of the White House one day ahead of World AIDS Day.

Mayor Vincent Gray spoke at a candlelight vigil Thursday night to commemorate World AIDS Day.

The event was organized by the Whitman-Walker Clinic and took place at 6 p.m. at Dupont Circle.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. a mobile HIV testing bus was parked outside the Wilson Building.  It provided free testing for anyone.

HIV is a major concern in the District.  A 2010 annual report found the infection rate to be above epidemic levels.

Other events Thursday included a cocktail party to benefit Whitman-Walker, a wine tasting event to raise money for research in northern Virginia, an open mic night organized by D.C.'s LGBT community will take place Friday night. There were also several religious services held throughout the city to mark the event.

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