Sunday, May 10, 2015

Bizzare! Publisher use blood of HIV positive people to print magazine

An Austrian gay mag called Vangardist made headlines around the world this week for using the blood of three HIV-positive people to print its new issue. The sterilized blood carrying the virus was used on 3,000 of 18,000 copies, and was intended to address the stigmatization many people living with HIV deal with on a daily basis.

 See Excerpts from an interview  with the publisher Julian Weihl below..

What did you hope to achieve with the current issue of Vangardist?We wanted to raise awareness for HIV—but also point out that people who carry the virus are still extremely stigmatized in our society. The problem is not that HIV never hit the headlines. The problem is that HIV doesn't make headlines any longer. Everybody seems to think we've heard enough about it. But the reaction to our print magazine shows that there's obviously still lots of work to do. Unfortunately, reporting on the topic in a matter-of-fact way is not enough.

What do you tell people who are afraid of coming into contact with the HIV blood in your ink? 
First of all, that it's absolutely safe to handle our magazine—in the same way that it's safe to come into contact with HIV patients. These days, you can even have safe sex with a person who carries the virus, if you are careful. Today, the burden created by the illness itself is far less heavy than the one created by social stigmatization.

What sort of reactions have you gotten?
Those involved with the issue reacted positively. We received encouragement from HIV patients from California to Singapore—all around the globe, really.

Really? I will love to know how many copies the publisher sold and also how many more remained on the news stand. Because I don't see how anyone is gonna buy that magazine. And please cut me some slacks here about stigmatization.. this is me being conscious!

1 comment :

  1. Wonders shall never end.
    His market has ended already