Vienna - Janet Jackson, former US President Bill Clinton and Brooke Shields joined thousands of revellers in risque attire on Saturday at the Life Ball, a flamboyant Austrian fundraiser for people with HIV and Aids.
The trio was among a slew of celebrities who participated in a flashy opening ceremony outside Vienna's city hall that included a fashion show and live acts by Natasha Bedingfield, Holly Johnson and Natalia Kills.
Clinton reminded partygoers - many covering private body parts with nothing more than paint, feathers or G-strings - that a large number of those infected with the virus still aren't getting access to lifesaving treatment.
"We are here tonight because 10 million people in poor countries still need to be on the medicine and if you want to cut the infection rate, if you want to cut the death rate, we have to finish the job," he said.
In 2002, Clinton established an initiative to facilitate access to antiretroviral treatment and improve national health care systems in developing countries.
Jackson recalled how in 1998, a South African AIDS activist was beaten to death by her neighbours after announcing on television that she was HIV positive.
Earlier, she told reporters that every little bit helps when it comes to fighting Aids.
"We can't continue to let this happen," said Jackson, who is a representative of amfAR, the Foundation for Aids Research.
Brooke Shields, meanwhile, presented a 100 000 Crystal of Hope award to Anya Sarang, CEO of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice that runs projects in Russia, where those who are HIV positive are often stigmatised.
"She is definitely an angel," Shields said of Sarang.
In a video address, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan called for continued action to ensure progress.
"We need to constantly renew our commitment and measure our success not in terms of resolutions past but in the lives of future generations saved," he said. "We all have a role to play."
24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.
A nurse found hanging after a prank call from two Australian radio presenters about Kate Middleton's first pregnancy blamed herself for the embarrassing release of intimate details of the duchess's condition. Read More »
Outlaw Pete singer Bruce Springsteen has written a children's book based on the opening ballad of his 2009 album Working on a Dream. Read More »
A candid quickie!
The aKING frontman!
The Top 3 couples!
The Top 12!
He's back on TV!
Mother City rockers!
A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!
RoodepoortSanlam Life Insurance LtdR10 000 - R50 000 Per Month
JohannesburgDAV Professional Placement Group
Cape TownE-Merge IT RecruitmentR350 000 - R450 000 Per Hour
HousesR 2 230 000
HousesR 2 300 000
HousesR 7 500 000