Strangers’ messages of support for a young HIV+ man will give you hope


When George Hankers stood blindfolded in Trafalgar Square, brandishing a sign that red “I’M HIV+” in big letters, he wasn’t sure how members of the public would respond. But, he was moved when countless strangers left messages of support and solidarity for him, commending him for his bravery and encouraging him to stay strong.

Hankers’ blindfold is symbolic of his feelings after he was first diagnosed with HIV. He battled with very low self-esteem and felt he’d “been blinded from hope.” But this social experiment has restored his sense of hope.

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