Young Man Living With HIV Was Brought To Tears By Strangers’ Messages Of Support

An activist in London recently took to the streets for a video project in support of those living with HIV.

George Hankers, 22, was diagnosed as HIV positive at 19. Now working with the London and New York-based advocacy group Shape History, he’s trying to make a difference.


This month, a video appeared online of Hankers standing in London’s Trafalgar Square blindfolded. The blindfold was a metaphor for the difficulties those living with HIV often face.

He also brought a white board with him, where onlookers could write down their thoughts on the experiment. You can see it all below.

“Kindness can change the world,” and “You are me and I am you,” were some of the messages Hankers could read after taking off his blindfold.

When I was diagnosed with HIV, I battled with very low self esteem, and I’d been blinded from hope,” Hankers said in a press release. “The sense of unity I had after the experiment was very heartwarming… It really goes to show that there is more comfort out there for people living with HIV than we initially think.”

To keep up with Hankers’ work, visit his blog: