A German magazine is going to print its next issue using ink mixed with HIV-positive blood.

The special issue of The Vangardist is being printed in an effort to break the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, with the magazine hoping that it will help put to bed some of the dangerous myths that surround the disease.


“If you see the magazine… the first question that comes to your mind is, ‘Would I touch it? Would I take it in my hands?’” Editor Julian Wiehl told the Washington Post. “Instead of asking ‘Why would I touch it?’, people should be asking: ‘Why wouldn’t I touch it?”

The magazine, who have already approached three HIV+ people to donate blood, hope that the issue will help people understand that those with the disease shouldn’t be feared or ostracised by society.

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