- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 7, 2015

A progressive men’s magazine in Austria has printed 3,000 copies of its latest issue using ink infused with HIV-positive blood in an effort to combat the “irrational fears” concerning transmission of the virus, Vangardist’s chief editor said Tuesday.

“We wanted to make a statement against the stigma and the irrational fears (about) … HIV and HIV-positive people,” founder and editor-in-chief Julian Wiehl told the Agence France-Presse.

“If you hold this magazine in your hands, it is like holding somebody who is HIV positive. Nothing can happen, nothing can harm you holding the magazine, and nothing can harm you holding an HIV-positive person,” he said.

Vangardist is typically only published online, but the “#HIVHeroes” German-English edition is in hard copy. It can be ordered online for $55.65 each, with all proceeds going to charity, AFP reported.

The edition was printed with ink infused with blood donated by three people who are HIV-positive.

Wiltrut Stefanek, who was diagnosed 20 years ago and runs PULSHIV, a Viennese group for people with HIV/AIDS, told Vangardist that he donated to “make people understand that in day-to-day dealings with it, HIV poses no risk to anyone.”

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