BEIJING, 28 November 2016—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed
the celebrated actor and humanitarian Huang Xiaoming as a UNAIDS National
Goodwill Ambassador for China. The announcement was made at an event at UNAIDS
office in Beijing, China.
“Huang Xiaoming is an inspiration
for millions of people,” said Catherine Sozi, UNAIDS Country Director for
China. “I am thrilled that he will leverage his amazing platform as a gifted
actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist to help end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
His efforts can re-energize HIV prevention and transform many lives in China
The nomination ceremony included a panel discussion with young
people on HIV prevention. Football champion and UNAIDS National Goodwill
Ambassador for China, Shao Jiayi participated in the event and gave congratulatory
In his new role, Mr Huang will
raise awareness on the importance of universal access to HIV prevention,
treatment, care and support, with a special emphasis on HIV prevention among
young people. Immediately after his appointment, the star showed his support
for the UNAIDS global Hands Up for #HIVPrevention campaign which has been
taking place in the lead up to World AIDS Day on 1 December. Mr Huang posed
for photographs with an HIV prevention message written on the palm of his hand.
People around the world have been sharing similar photographs and messages
through social media.
“I am honored by this
appointment as UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador to China,” said Mr Huang.
“I am glad that I can play at a least a small part in helping to intensify
efforts on HIV prevention. My hope is young people understand the need to take
proper measures to protect not only their own health but the health of the
people they love.”
Mr Huang began his acting career in 1998 by starring in the television drama Love is
not a Game. He rose to prominence for playing the lead role in the epic
historical TV series on the Han Emperor. He has also starred in numerous movies
which have been box office hits in China. Mr Huang’s talents have been
widely recognized and he is the winner of more than 100 prestigious awards including the China Golden Rooster Award.
Mr Huang’s humanitarian work
has included donating funds to support post-disaster reconstruction following
the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake and adopting the twin pandas, Pingping and An’an, which were born and rescued after the
There were 654,000 people living with HIV in China by end of
September 2016. Young people are particularly
vulnerable to HIV. Thirteen young people (age 15-24) are infected with HIV
every hour in Asia and the Pacific. In China, 7.1% of people living with HIV are young people.
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