Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness reveals he is HIV-positive

12 Celebs Who Bravely Revealed They Are HIV Positive Jonathan Van Ness Reveals He's HIV Positive: 'I Do Feel the Need to Talk About This'
Ismael Spencer | 22 September, 2019, 01:07

"Queer Eye" breakout star Jonathan Van Ness revealed in his new memoir that he is an out-and-proud 'member of the attractive H.I.V. -positive community'.

In an interview with The New York Times, the 32-year-old admitted he was scared to come out during the height of his popularity.

The Queer Eye star, who is tasked with carrying out make-overs on the show transforming people's hair and grooming also revealed how he was addicted to the drug meth. He revealed that he began doing cocaine during his first semester of college and later started smoking methamphetamine.

Van Ness, who describes himself as a healthy and proud "member of the attractive HIV-positive community", went on to say why he chose to disclose his status.

Van Ness then addressed the pressure to live out his Queer Eye persona when meeting fans in real life.

He says by going public, he hopes to dispel some of the myths about being HIV-positive.

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The television personality also told the outlet that he was subjected to sexual abuse, detailing an alleged encounter with an older boy when he was a child. "Over the Top" is set to be released on September 24.

He added, "I just am either like gender-bendy or nonconform-y or nonbinary and somedays I feel like a boy and somedays I feel like a girl". "It's hard for me to be as open as I want to be when there are certain things I haven't shared publicly".

The Netflix star fainted while working at a hair salon, and was test taken the day after revealed the diagnosis.

"When Queer Eye came out, it was really hard because I was like, 'Do I want to talk about my status?' And then I was like, 'The Trump administration has done everything they can do to have the stigmatization of the L.G.B.T. community thrive around me, '" he says before adding, "I do feel the need to talk about this".

In June, Van Ness dug deeper into his identity, describing himself as "non-binary" and "genderqueer." "And then I was like, 'The Trump administration has done everything they can do to have the stigmatization of the L.G.B.T. community thrive around me.' I do feel the need to talk about this".

"Whoa, Jonathan Van Ness has come out at HIV+".

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