President George W. Bush marked Worlds AIDS Day on Friday by declaring: “The pandemic of HIV/AIDS can be defeated.” Bush’s AIDS initiative, announced in 2003, is the largest international health initiative dedicated to a single disease.
“It’s a day for the world to recognize the fact that there are 39 million people living with HIV/AIDS,” Bush said. “And a day to remember the fact that 25 million people have died of AIDS.”
President Bush, wearing an Aids Red Ribbon pin on his suit lapel, delivers remarks during his meeting on World AIDS Day, Friday, Dec. 1, 2006 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.
The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around World AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind other of the need for their support and commitment.