20 Celebrities You Didn't Know Are Positive For HIV
It's estimated that 38.4 million [33.9–43.8 million] people were living with HIV in the world at the end of 2021. It's hard to say whether it's wrong to suffer from the disease. But normal people with HIV seem to be more easily accepted and forgiven than celebrities. That is why some former celebrities denied their HIV+ status for most of their life.
Celebrities with HIV? Queen frontman Freddy Mercury might top the list. There were rumors about his HIV but he only confirmed it that had developed into AIDS, two days before his death in 1991. Other musicians who have suffered from HIV include basketball legend Magic Johnson, rapper Eazy-E, and Creedence Clearwater Revival guitarist Tom Fogerty.
#1 Billy Porter
Source: Getty / Amy SussmanBilly Porter had kept it a secret for 14 years until he revealed his HIV+ status during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on May 19, 2021.
"I was able to say everything that I wanted to say through a surrogate," he said.
#2 Jonathan Van Ness
#3 Gareth Thomas
Source: BBC NewsGareth Thomas had secretly been living with HIV for years before he revealed it to the Sunday Mirror. He said that he spoke out because he wanted to help others and make a difference.
#4 Freddie Mercury
Source: BBC/Rogan Productions/Getty)Although Freddie Mercury had been long-rumored to suffer from the disease, he only confirmed it just a few days before his death. The Queen frontman was the first major rock star to die from complications from AIDS.
#5 Anthony Perkins
#6 Magic Johnson
Source: britannicaMagic Johnson publicly revealed he was positive for HIV in 1991. The NBA superstar resort to taking a variety of medications daily to prevent his HIV from becoming full-blown AIDS.
#7 Rock Hudson
Source: kate gabrielle / flickr /Rock Hudson revealed he suffered from AIDS in 1985, just three months before his death.
#8 Denholm Elliott
Source: Paramount PicturesDenholm Elliot tested positive for HIV in 1987. The Trading Places actor died from complications with AIDS-related tuberculosis in 1992.
#10 Michael Jeter
Source: Metaweb (FB) / CC-BYThe Green Mile actor Michael Jeter tested positive for HIV. He died at age 50 but doctors didn't think the disease also played into his death.
#11 Robert Reed
#12 Charlie Sheen
Source: APOn November 17, 2015, Charlie Sheen announced he was inffected with HIV on the Today show. The rumor of his HIV+ status has been long-emerged after much public speculation about his personal life.
The Two and a Half Men star admitted having been addicted to drugs for many years, as well as had high-risk sex with many celebrity and non-celebrity women.
#13 Dack Rambo
#14 Greg Louganis
Source: goodmenprojectIn 1988, gold medal winner Greg Louganis publicly announced he was infected with HIV.
#15 Tom Fogerty
#16 Jerry Herman
Source: PAUL MORIGI/WIREIMAGEBroadway composer Jerry Herman was infected with HIV in 1995.
#17 Chuck Panozzo
#18 Holly Johnson
Source: Featureflash / ShutterstockFrankie Goes to Hollywood singer Holly Johnson announced he has been living with his HIV diagnosis since 1993.
#19 Pedro Zamora
Source: Featureflash / ShutterstockPedro Zamora attended The Real World: San Fransisco to raise public awareness of HIV/AIDS awareness. The reality star died from complications with AIDS in 1994.