<strong>HIV</strong> doesn’t make the news anymore Today, however, you have the chance to take the issue into your own hands. That’s because we believe it needs to be talked about much more. The stigma surrounding <strong>HIV</strong> continues to be a topic that cannot be ignored. Despite thirty years of campaigning to halt its spread, the epidemic continues to grow. In Europe and Central Asia, there were 80 per cent more new cases of <strong>HIV</strong> in 2013 compared to 2004.* Because <strong>HIV</strong> is talked about less, the less of a danger it seems, and the more risks people take. Also, because it's talked about less, the more shameful it seems to those who carry the virus. This month we INJECTED THE Vangardist presses with the blood of three <strong>HIV</strong>-positive donors. A limited edition of 2500 copies of the magazine was printed with it. (To see how it happened visit www.vangardist.com) This copy, however, was not. Even if it were, there would still be no risk to you or your friends – Just like there is no danger in shaking the hand of an <strong>HIV</strong>-positive person. The virus can only be spread through sexual contact, needles or live blood entering open wounds. Yet people are still afraid of getting close to those living with <strong>HIV</strong> because they still don’t know enough about it: It is because of these fears that not all copies of this edition were printed in such a bold manner. Today, some people with <strong>HIV</strong> are concerned about alienating their loved ones. Others worry about losing their jobs if an employer learns of their illness. Some countries even criminalize <strong>HIV</strong>-positive people. These fears stop INDIVIDUALS FROM SEEKING the support they need. For all these reasons, VANGARDIST would like to reignite the conversations about <strong>HIV</strong> – free from taboo and discrimination. * WHO Regional Office for Europe and ECDC - Joint Press Release: “Europe’s <strong>HIV</strong> response falls short in curbing epidemic: 80% more new <strong>HIV</strong> cases compared to 2004.”, 27 NOVEMBER, 2014.