HIV/AIDS continues to affect the lives of many people even today. Most times, more than AIDS itself, people suffer from the stigma and social stereotyping associated with it, and as a result, end up in depression, or even take extreme steps. World AIDS Day is celebrated annually on December 1 to spread awareness and generate compassion among people towards those affected, so they don't face ostracism, for no fault of their own. With time, more and more people who have tested positive for HIV, understand they can live normal lives just like the others and most importantly, that testing positive doesn't mean AIDS itself. Click through to see pictures of people spreading love and awareness on World AIDS Day.
An artist creates a sand sculpture of AIDS awareness at Marina beach in Chennai. (Source: PTI)