A red ribbon tattoo is an internationally recognized symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness and support. The tattoo may be in the form of a single red ribbon, a cluster of ribbons, or a combination of other images and words. The red ribbon tattoo is intended to remind those who wear it—as well as those who see it—that HIV/AIDS awareness is ongoing, and to express their support for those living with HIV/AIDS. The red ribbon is meant to encourage discussions about the issue, and to provide insight into the perspective of the wearer. It is often a way for someone to show visible support for those living with or affected by the virus, as well as to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.