HIV-Positive Man Requested To Be Touched, What The People Did Will Bring You In Tears



An HIV-positive Finnish man wants to challenge people with a simple request — reaching out and touching him.

For a social experiment, a man named Janne stands in a busy square with a sign on either side of him reading "I am HIV-positive — touch me!" He closes his eyes against the sun and reaches his arms gently out to his sides.


(Screenshot from: Youtube)

Then, he simply waits.
At first, dozens of people walk by, reading his sign but making no move to come near him. One woman even does a double-take and shakes her head in disapproval.

But slowly, the tide changes. One woman comes over to squeeze his hand and he squeezes back, overwhelmed.

People started coming up to him, touching his shoulders and shaking his hands. But as son as two young women embraced him tightly, people poured in to give him big hugs which leaves a profound impact on Janne by the end of the video.


(Screenshot from: Youtube)

Janne made this video to demonstrate both what it is like to live with HIV-related stigma and raise awareness of HIV. Part of a collaboration with Yle Kioski, a Finnish broadcasting company which released the video this week to mark with Pride Week in Helsinki.

Though public understanding of HIV in the U.S. and in many parts of the world is much better than it used to be, people living with HIV continue combat social stigma. 

Currently, this touching video had 5.8 million of views online and made an awareness regarding the HIV disease.


(Source: ViralSection)
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