# HIV HEROES

VANGARDIST

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the campaign

Philipp Spiegel

the

blood

donors

age

Philipp Spiegel is an alias. The person behind it prefers

to stay anonymous. He is the author of the article

”When Do I Tell Her?” which you can find in this

very issue

"Who are you?"

There is not much to say about me at the given time.

All there is to know is that I am male, heterosexual

and HIV positive.

Photos: André Gehrmann, Daniel Gottschling

HIV can affect anyone. But how a positive diagnosis affects individuals' lives is very

much dependent on their social environment.While some people are in a position to

openly deal with the challenges of HIV without having to fear severe discrimination,

for others, “outing” themselves would be equivalent to social suicide.

The heroes of this issue are named Philipp, Wyndham and Wiltrut.

The blood they donated has become a part of this magazine. The three of

them all have one thing in common: They’re HIV positive.

Their stories, however, could not be more different.

"Why are you doing this?"

Due to the fact that the infection is rather recent, I

am still struggling with this new impact on my life.

I am working on a reassessment of myself: of who I

am, of what I will do with this. In that sense, the preinfection

life doesn’t matter very much. Because of

the fear of implications both socially and professionally

for myself, my friends and my family, I still prefer

to stay anonymous.

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