# HIV HEROES

VANGARDIST

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God

And why it prevents us

from talking about HIV

Text: klemens gindl

illustration: Magdalena Weyrer

HIV is a punishment from God—if you believe

in him that is. Or rather, if you’re the

kind of person who believes in what the

god depicted by the Bible represents: an

archaic, patriarchal idea of society carried

over from the distant past into our

21st century. For everyone else, HIV is a

disease, admittedly a fucked up one, but

a mere illness nonetheless. We might all

be quick to think that as privileged, well

informed representatives of the so-called

First World, we’re above these types of

stone-age ideas and know that of course

HIV is an illness like any other, and we

congratulate anyone who truly and honestly

believes this. Apparently not too many

people share this belief though, because

even in this day and age, people who test

HIV positive are confronted by a serious

social stigma, and yes, this is also the case

in Western countries. So in view of this fact,

we decided to do a bit of research into questions

like how it’s possible even for nonreligious

people to think like conservative

pricks and how this is linked to the fact that

HIV/AIDS remains a taboo topic.

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