Eurovision victor Conchita reveals HIV diagnosis

Eurovision Champ Conchita Wurst Comes Out As HIV Positive

Conchita Wurst is HIV-positive and has been living with the virus for years, the Austrian drag queen revealed on Instagram.

The 29-year-old star, who won for Austria in 2014, said she had wanted to keep the information private, but an former boyfriend had "threatened to go public".

"I have been HIV-positive for many years", the 29-year-old pop singer, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, told her almost 300,000 followers, adding that she had been forced into revealing her status by a former partner.

The "Rise Like A Phoenix" singer had chosen not to speak out about the diagnosis in order to protect family members from public scrutiny.

"Secondly, it is information that I believe is mainly relevant to those people with whom I could have sexual contact".

The bearded performer, the alter ego of Thomas Neuwirth, wrote that "popping out is healthier than being outed by a 3rd get together". I hope to give others courage and to take another step against the stigmatisation of those who. have contracted HIV, ' Wurst added.

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"To my fans: the information about my HIV status may be new but my status is not!" I am stronger, extra motivated and liberated than ever. "Thank you for your support".

Since sharing the news, Conchita has been flooded with messages of support from fans on social media.

"Threatening to reveal someone's HIV status, under any circumstances, is entirely wrong". What different well being situation can be used as blackmail towards somebody?

"Despite all the medical advances we've made in the fight against HIV, in treatment and in testing, Conchita's Instagram post highlights how much more we have to do to tackle the abhorrent stigma which still surrounds the virus". And we all know this is not one thing which exclusively occurs to these within the public eye.

"We applaud Conchita for dealing with this with such dignity and together with in her publish that individuals dwelling with HIV who're on efficient remedy, like her, can not move the virus on". H.I.V. might be treated with medication that lessen the viral load into a level where the immune system is healthy and the individual can not pass onto the virus.

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