More than 20 volunteers donned panda heads and shirts emblazoned with the words "关怀艾滋,消除歧视" (something like "In solidarity with AIDS, fight discrimination") and congregated at the busy shopping area of Yanshikou Sunday afternoon.
The volunteers held red signs that read "Your hug can give me the courage to survive" and walked up Chunxi Lu shopping street to Zongfu Lu and over the skybridge, approaching passersby with the line "I'm a carrier of AIDS, will you give me a hug?"
At the end of the two-hour event, the volunteers had received hugs from a total of 110 passersby. While a number of passersby denied the volunteers' requests for hugs, others earnestly embraced the volunteers.
According to the Tianfu Morning Paper, Sichuan province is home to over 30,000 HIV patients.