Former participant – Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014) has chosen to reveal that she is HIV positive after an ex-boyfriend threatened to make the news public. Taking control of the situation, Conchita revealed the news yesterday and has since been inundated with well wishes.
Conchita’s statement is as follows:
“Today the day has come to free myself from a great burden. I have been HIV positive since many years. For the public eye, it actually is irrelevant, but an ex-boyfriend of mine is threatening to publish this info and I will not now or ever give anyone the right to scare me and influence my life in such a way. Since I received the diagnosis, I’ve been treated medically. I’ve been in a safer zone for many years, without exception and therefore, I am not able to pass the virus on to anyone.”
“I had multiple reasons not to go into the public with this information so far. Only two I want to mention here. The most important one was my family, who have known about me being HIV positive since the first day and who have always supported me. I would have liked to spare them the attention for their HIV positive son, grandson and brother. Just like my family, my friends have known for quite some time and they all deal with it without problems, just like I would wish it for anyone with this condition.”
“Secondly, I think this is information that is mostly relevant to those with whom sexual contact is in question. Coming out is better than to be outed by someone else. I hope, I can encourage people and make a stand against stigmatising those, who suffer from HIV because of their own conduct or by accident. To my fans: The information about my HIV might be new to you, my status isn’t. I am doing fine and I am stronger, more motivated and more liberated than ever. Thank you for supporting me!”
To threaten to out someone in this way is shocking, and ET sends support to Conchita.