I'm HIV positive, do you dare to touch me?

Finnish guy Janne Antin wanted to show what it is like to live with HIV-related stigma and at the same time raise awareness of HIV. Would you have touched?

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+4 1. Rathor commented 9 years ago

Ooooh, man :'( That is a great weight.
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+3 2. Geekster (admin) commented 9 years ago

Kitos :D :D
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0 3. kaleemyork commented 9 years ago

heart touch video . . . GOD bless you . . .
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+5 4. Judge-Jake commented 9 years ago

That made me cry. What a lovely guy. The answer to the question is absolutely <3
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+2 5. snotraddict commented 9 years ago

Sure, pulls a bit on your heart strings but really, it's just another solution looking for a problem. I'd no sooner hug him than any other random guy on the street, however I wouldn't think twice about hugging my father, son or close friend whether they had HIV or not. Stop it already.
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0 6. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

Of course I would hug this nice man...powerful video...I guess many people don't know that it takes exchange of body fluids to contract HIV.
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+3 7. dopkop commented 9 years ago

#5 - We are not generally afraid or distanced from the average person that we would hug or touch. However, in general (not all) we are when it comes to HIV positive people. By making a display in a very gentle way, the barrier is broken and minds are changed to reduce the problem.

In any case, with the weight and suffering he has to carry, regardless of how or why, doesn't he deserve a few extra hugs and spreading of empathy and compassion?

I think so... :)
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+2 8. dunnagh commented 9 years ago

I´d probably not hug him, but not because he´s positive (I got a friend who is) but because I generally avoid touching People in the public.
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+1 9. samxgx commented 9 years ago

I really want to see this same idea with out the HIV side mentioned anywhere. and then count how many people would touch and how many would say: avoid the psyco.
if some other random guy would just have a sign saying "Touch me" with no mention of HIV, i guess there would be much less interaction and much more weird looks.

Wanna see a real difference in behavior, have a girl do it the same way.
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+1 10. Sizzlik (admin) commented 9 years ago

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-1 11. samxgx commented 9 years ago

#10 i've seen those videos too. but there is a creep factor when your sign says: touch me

I cant even have that phrase in my mind without imagining someone asking me that creepy looking with a low pitched throaty voice looking like this: http://static.fjcdn.com/gifs/Creep_9c435d_2479189.gif

Hug me would be much less creepy and maybe only a little sad. Free Hugs just sounds harmless and friendly. Touch me sounds like something buffalo bill would say:
It puts the lotion on it's skin.... now touch me!
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+2 12. Sizzlik (admin) commented 9 years ago

#11 Touch me...i got candy >:)
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+1 13. LaoMa commented 9 years ago

That was a lot of hugs <3

Normally we Finns don't feel comfortable being near to strangers. Just check this pic of a bus stop: