An HIV-positive man named Janne recently stood on the street next to a sign that read, "I'm HIV-positive, touch me," to see if the negative stigma attached to HIV/AIDS still exists. The video isn't in English, but actions speak louder than words.
In the experiment, the Finland native stood with his eyes closed and arms out next to the signs, and waited.
At first, many onlookers shook their heads and chose not touch him.
As time went by, people slowly began to give him a handshake or pat him on the shoulder.
Then, something amazing happened: Everyone gave him one bear hug after the other, including little kids.
Needless to say, the kindness and acceptance of strangers brought him to tears.
You can learn more about Janne's story here, and the moves Yle Kioski is making to dispel stigmas associated with the disease.