You might have forgotten about it, but it certainly hasn't forgotten about you. Or so this powerful video suggests.
"I'm here to talk about myself. I'm not really used to this, because others did it for me in the past." says the French narrator in the video below. "Everyone was talking about me, I was on TV, everywhere. But now I don't know. I feel like I'm being forgotten. That's not a bad thing... really. After all, the most important thing is that I never forget people."
"I'm a loyal friend. Except that I'm not a friend, you know."
The video, an HIV awareness campaign launched by Aides, a leading HIV/AIDS organization in France, lets the virus do all the talking. It's powerful, bone-chilling and — unlike many other HIV awareness campaigns — speaks straight to us. As the virus explains in the voice of the French actor Gaspard Proust, he "knows where we are" and how to find us.
It's an important reminder that, in fact, HIV is still out there, even if we don't talk about it as much as we used to.
According to Aides, there are 1.2 million people in the United States alone that live with the virus. One out of seven infected is not even aware of it. The situation is not much better across the pond. The annual number of people diagnosed with the virus tripled between 1996 and 2011 in Britain.
Watch the entire video below.
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