HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Around the world and here at home people are pausing to recognize World AIDS Day.
Friends and family gathered at the State Capitol to honor the lives that have been lost to the disease.
According to the Department of Health, Hawaii has as many as 2,900 people living with HIV/AIDS.
Joseph Rattner is infected with the deadly virus but says Wednesday is about celebrating.
"I say celebrate because I'm 25 years into it and I can see myself another 25 years," Rattner said.
"We'll see continued and perhaps increased funding people with HIV/AIDS have had funding cuts as a number of non-profits have and like to see that increase," GLBT Caucus Chair Jo-Ann Adams said.
There is also a push for organ donations and medical marijuana to help those affected.