The UNAIDS China office released on Tuesday The Bravest Boy I Know (最勇敢的男孩), a free Chinese-language audio book, to raise awareness and fight AIDS-related discrimination, particularly against children.
Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming, a UNAIDS national goodwill ambassador, provides the voice for central character Xiaoming, an 8-year-old HIV sufferer.
The book tells the story of a friendship between Xiaoming and Xiaoli, who is HIV free, and sends the message that with treatment and support from families, friends and school, children with HIV/AIDS can have a normal and happy childhood.
It was released to mark Zero Discrimination Day, which falls annually on March 1, and can be downloaded for free from the UNAIDS China website.
“These are children who were born with HIV. They are young people yearning for a better future. The more I listen to their stories, the more I’m eager to do something to help them,” Huang said at the book launch in Beijing.
“I want more people to know about this community instead of avoiding and discriminating against them.”
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