in one long nightshift. We will be eternally

grateful to him for his heroic act.

Finding donors

The third and trickiest task would be to

find three people who would be willing

to donate their HIV-positive blood

to help our campaign. What made our

job even harder was that our potential

candidates had to be as different from

each other as possible, meaning we

had to find someone who dealt openly

with the condition and could show the

world how that’s done, but also someone

who found this hard to do and

could show the world why openness

continues to be such a challenge.

Into an unknown

future: postscript

Today it’s April 9th 2015, and we’ve

found our donors. Tomorrow they’ll

put their blood at the disposal of the

medical faculty at the University of Innsbruck.

In our #HIVHEROES Edition,

which will head to print in four days,

you’ll be able to find out all about who

they are and what they do. While I’m

typing these last lines into my computer,

next door our Chief Editor is sitting

in his office full of vim. When you, dear

readers, are holding this VANGARD-

IST issue in your hands, we’ll already

know whether we’ve achieved our goal

or if all hell has broken loose. Or, who

knows, maybe both will happen at the

same time. You have to overcome your

fears to deem yourself brave—because

anything else would be nothing

but foolhardy. So long...

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