An HIV-positive man took an interesting approach to testing the stigma attached to having HIV/AIDS by standing on a street with his arms out and asking random people to touch him.
Janne, the man in the video, partnered up with a broadcasting company and took to the streets of Helsinki, Finland, to see how people would react.
Although the video is not in English, he can be seen making a sign that reads “I AM HIV-POSITIVE. TOUCH ME!”
At first people look at him, read the sign and keep on walking, seeming rather confused by the gesture.
But despite all of the weird glances coming his way, the man stands there, unwavering.
It pays off when a few moments later one woman stops, squeezes his hand, and continues.
Eventually, people are seen stopping in their tracks to turn around and give him a pat on the shoulder.
The support begins to get overwhelming when two women take it upon themselves to not only touch him, but to hug him.
To his joy, those were just the beginning of many hugs thatRead More »from HIV-positive man asks strangers to touch him