WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- This weekend, the fight against AIDS takes center stage here in Washington.

Bill Gates one of the worlds richest people is here along with a host of other well know celebrities. The International Aids Conference kicked off Saturday with a concert and reception.

It's the first time in 22 years that the conference is held in the U.S.

The stars turned advocates for the fight against aids are in town to kick off a week long international conference aimed at getting yet another step closer to finding a cure for the disease.
This event at the Kennedy Center was headlined by actress Sharon Stone and Philanthropist Bill Gates.

"Well, the challenge is a lot of people don't k now they have aids and so safe practice getting treatment we need to somehow reach out," Gates said.

The last time the conference was held in the U.S. was back in 1987. Since then the aids epidemic has spread across the country, and especially here in D.C., where it is reported that about 2.7 percent of people over the age of 12 in the district are living with aids.

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