A lot of people keep their HIV positive status a secret out of fear of how others would treat them.
However, a video shared by UNICEF of Twitter showed there is hope for people with HIV to be accepted by the public.
The footage showed a 16-year-old girl, Azima, asking strangers for a hug. Azima was diagnosed with the virus when she was only six-years-old, but instead of letting HIV destroy her, the teen is enjoying life.
However, that does not mean she is unaware of the social issues HIV positive people are faced with on a daily basis.
So, she set out to show people that HIV positive individuals are not a risk to others by simply being close to them.
“My purpose is to spread the message that people living with HIV are not a danger,” she said in the video.
Azima took to the streets of Uzbekistan to ask people for hugs, and the video captured their amazing responses.
Briefly.co.za saw Azima also managed to win over the hearts of tweeps, who sent her their virtual hugs and support.
Zein Paul wrote, “People living with HIV are not lesser human being, they are our family, let love and care for them. I will hug u forever.”
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