Vangardist Fights the Stigma of HIV by Using Infected Blood as Ink

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 2, 2015
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In order to raise awareness on the stigma of HIV that still remains, despite the fact that "HIV doesn't make the news anymore," Vangardist magazine and Saatchi & Saatchi Switzerland put together a daring stunt.

In place of printing the German men’s monthly magazine with ordinary ink, the content on Vangardist's cover, images and text was made with blood donated by people who are infected with the virus. Handing a copy of the magazine carries absolutely no risk of infection, aiming to destigmatize what it means to come in contact with someone living with HIV.

In support of this campaign to reduce stigma, people from around the globe are being asked to join the #HIVHEROES Facebook and social movement online. Although copies of these magazines will be made available to subscribers, as well as sold online and through newsstands, a few additional copies of the magazine will be auctioned off for HIV causes and organizations.