Former Eurovision Music Contest winner Conchita Wurst says she has been compelled to disclose she is HIV optimistic after being blackmailed by a former pal.
In a publish on Instagram the Austrian drag queen stated she has been dwelling with the virus for a few years.
She stated she had determined to come back out with the information herself earlier than her pal did.
Wurst, who received the singing contest in 2014 with the tune Rise Like A Phoenix, wrote that she had acquired medical remedy and that she was feeling wholesome and robust.
The bearded performer, the alter ego of Thomas Neuwirth, wrote that “popping out is healthier than being outed by a 3rd get together”.
She stated within the publish in her native German: “I’ve been hiv-positive for a few years. that is really irrelevant to the general public, however an ex-boyfriend threatens me to go public with this non-public info, and I can’t give anybody the precise to frighten me and affect my life sooner or later.”
She added that her cause for going public was “to encourage (others) and make a step towards the stigmatisation of people that by means of their very own behaviour or by means of no fault of their very own have been contaminated with HIV.”
The publish concludes: “to my followers: the details about my hiv standing could also be new to you – my standing will not be! I am effectively and… I am stronger, extra motivated and liberated than ever. Thanks on your help!”
Ian Inexperienced, chief govt of the Terrence Higgins Trust, which campaigns on and offers companies regarding HIV, stated: “The choice to speak brazenly about your HIV standing needs to be a private one and never taken away or ever, ever used as a risk.
“Threatening to disclose somebody’s HIV standing, underneath any circumstances, is solely incorrect. What different well being situation can be used as blackmail towards somebody? And we all know this is not one thing which solely occurs to these within the public eye.
“Regardless of all of the medical advances we have made within the struggle towards HIV, in remedy and in testing, Conchita’s Instagram publish highlights how rather more we’ve got to do to sort out the abhorrent stigma which nonetheless surrounds the virus.
“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, cannot move the virus on.”