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http://mic.com/articles/117372/this-magazine-is-printing-an-entire-issue-with-hiv-infected-blood-for-a-very-good-reason

To raise awareness about HIV, the lifestyle magazine Vangardist published its most recent issue using blood from three different HIV-positive individuals as part of its ink. So far, the magazine's spring issue has printed roughly 3,000 of the blood-stained copies. A digital version is also already available online.

To combat the common misconception of HIV/AIDS as a "gay disease," or one that could be easily acquired through casual contact, the magazine sought out blood from a middle-aged woman who contracted the virus from her husband, an older straight man and a younger gay man. The three had their blood drawn by Austria's University of Innsbrook where it was then pasteurized, rendering it even safer, ABC News reported.

"We used [the blood] and mixed it with the printing ink," Wiehl told Mic. "When you see the magazine you will have to think, will I touch this magazine? You confront yourself with your fears."
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what..the...actual..fuck..is wrong with people?

who was like.. "YEAH, printing a magazine with HIV blood.. thats a wonderful idea!"

Good god. No lets not do an entire page dedicated to sharing facts and information about HIV, lets print the entire thing with blood.

This is morbid regardless of the disease the person has.
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Posted 6/5/15 , edited 6/7/15
Find me who thought this was a good idea.

And savagely beat them please.
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Wauw.. I can't think of what to say right now.
Might get back to this.
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I think it's fascinating, and artistic, and no more foolish or distasteful than any other "publicity stunts" used to raise awareness or provoke thought about any number of things.
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lorreen wrote:

I think it's fascinating, and artistic, and no more foolish or distasteful than any other "publicity stunts" used to raise awareness or provoke thought about any number of things.

I tend to disagree. I feel it minimizes the danger of HIV, to a certain extent, by saying, "See, look we made this with HIV infected blood & it's totally safe for you to use." Which is true due to how they treated the blood, but still.

If the goal was to remove the stigma attached to those with HIV, then it's over the top but like you said - no more foolish than any others. But, I think the message gets a bit blurred in how they went about this.

I think raising awareness for HIV prevention as opposed to removing the stigma for those with the disease would have been a better use of time. Although, I'm not sure of a gimmicky way for them to go about doing that.
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Old news is old.....kinda.

All I know is that the HIV is dead because those viruses die out when exposed to the air. But, still, I'm not touching that sh!t. Oh, but since I said that, that makes me sound like a raging bigot, that I'm afraid of people who have HIV and/or AIDS. Well excuse me for being afraid of a death-sentence. Not so much the person as the virus, but the impression I give won't prove that.
Posted 6/5/15
Lolwut why even
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I still wouldn't touch that magazine for several reason.

One being it's MOTHER******* BLOOD. Not the fact that it has HIV but seriously, BLOOD?
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Biggle wrote:

I still wouldn't touch that magazine for several reason.

One being it's MOTHER******* BLOOD. Not the fact that it has HIV but seriously, BLOOD?


There's a horror story in there somewhere Years from now, a young library worker, moving boxes of old magazines from a storage closet, drops a box spilling its contents. When she brushes off an unremarkable looking issue from 2015...
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And leaving aside the already-mentioned Lovecraftian associations--


To combat the common misconception of HIV/AIDS as a "gay disease," or one that could be easily acquired through casual contact,


I remember back in the late-80's/early-90's, when Broadway was unnaturally obsessed with HIV/AIDS for obvious reasons, Elizabeth Taylor was trying to go out for the goodwill and research campaigning trying to spread the word that "It's everybody's issue, it's not just a 'gay disease'!"
Then the next year, after they read out the celebrity victims and it turned out to be a disproportionate number of choreographers and costume designers, the message slowly began turning to "Okay........so it's a gay disease! But does that mean we shouldn't be sympathetic??"
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That is.... brilliant and horrendous at the same time. Whoever is responsible for that did a great job. I would say its almost art.
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You've got to be a special kind of person to think of some...odd shit like that. As long as it's treated as they said no reason to freak out over it.
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I guess if it's harmless, it is harmless. Still, they can't just ignore the stigma against blood in general and just focus their tunnel vision on HIV. That's not how raising awareness works. Being aware and focusing on that doesn't necessarily mean others will focus on what the aware one focusing on. Sort of like raising breast cancer awareness by being topless in public. That's not how raising awareness works. It's just funny when people assume that others will be thinking the exact same thing they themselves are thinking and they lose sight of the actual issue when trying to raise awareness. People will focus on different things.

And this alleged freebleeder who made menstrual blood waffles (though I have my doubts).... https://instagram.com/p/3M8TaQmUMk/
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