WATCH: HIV+ Man Asks For Hugs In Valletta And Gets Some Heartwarming (And Heartbreaking) Reactions

Would you be afraid to hug someone with HIV?

Would you hug a person who is HIV positive?

That's the questions Christian Vincent, an HIV+ gay man, asked the public on a windy day last week in Valletta, Malta.

The Danish activist wanted to challenge stereotypes and stigma surrounding the virus in Malta - and the responses he got from the public ranged from heartwarming to heartbreaking.

While the vast majority of people who stopped gave Christian a big hug, not everyone was as friendly, with two English men getting heated when they lay eyes on Christian and his sign.

As scary as that moment was, Christian knew it was part of the reason he was out there: to challenge and stand up against prejudice and fear.

Christian Vincent's social experiment might have been scary, but it illustrated his point perfectly - and people supported it

The social experiment was a collaboration between Lovin Malta, ARC - allied rainbow communities, and Christian Vincent.

Would you have hugged Christian?

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Johnathan Cilia

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