Mumbai: In an attempt towards raising awareness about people living with HIV, a 16-year-old girl stood on the streets of Uzbekistan, with a simple request to strangers, "I am HIV positive, Hug Me!"
A video posted by UNICEF on Twitter shows something that may bring a lump in viewers' throats.
The video has managed to pull the heartstrings of many on Twitter.
Azima, 16, was looking to change people's perceptions about those living with HIV in Uzbekistan.
The video sees her saying, "I have been living with HIV for 10 years now. All is fine, I am enjoying life." She goes on to add, "My purpose is to spread the message that people living with HIV are not a danger."
Azima is then seen waiting next to a placard with request for hugs. One by one, complete strangers can be seen walking up to her and embracing here.
As people from all ages and backgrounds come forward to hug her, the text on the video reads, "There are only three main ways of contracting HIV - through blood, unprotected sex and from mother to child. HIV is not transmitted when you hug and kiss, say hello, shake hands, share lunch."
"I didn't expect so much support. Each time someone hugged me, it felt like a family member," Azima can be seen as the video concludes.
Since being posted, the video has been viewed 70 thousand times and has been liked over 4 thousand times.
Twitteratti too have been going gaga over the heartwarming clip.
An angel.Infinite love and virtual hugs from me and my kiddos to her. May God bless and protect her always.— 2016 (@ErNikGaJa2015) July 23, 2018
Sending virtual hugs. Much love for her ❤— Lona (@_Leograce) July 23, 2018
Million hugs to her ❤❤❤❤— 😍❤Side Nditshi yakhe ❤😍🇿🇼 (@Nana30062) July 23, 2018
Made my day by seeing this video so much love n hug to this girl from my family— Shama Khan (@shama0719) July 23, 2018
Stay strong💪 millions hug for youu pic.twitter.com/xGOgCHv6EG— alif ahmad 🇦🇷 (@alifahmd10) July 23, 2018