Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst says she's HIV-positive

  • Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst says she's HIV-positive

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst says she's HIV-positive

Drag queen Conchita Wurst, the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest victor, came out as HIV-positive on Instagram and said an ex-boyfriend forced her to do so.

Her full (translated) statement says: "Today is the day to free me from the Sword of Damocles for the rest of my life: I have been HIV positive for many years".

"I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and influence my life", she wrote on Instagram.

"I would have gladly spared you the attention of the HIV status of your son, grandson and brother".

Coming out on one's own is better than being outed by someone else.

"The decision to talk openly about your HIV status should be a personal one and not taken away or ever, ever used as a threat", chief executive Ian Green said.

Wolfgang Wilhelm, president of AIDS Hilfe Wien, an organization in Vienna that campaigns for people with H.I.V. and AIDS, said, "That the outing of Conchita was caused by blackmailing shows how much people still fear discrimination and stigma".

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

Wurst shot to fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with her song "Rise Like A Phoenix" and used her platform to campaign for gay rights.

"Threatening to reveal someone's HIV status, under any circumstances, is entirely wrong".

"I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me, threatening the health of so many others, which couldn't be further from the truth".

Wurst, real name Thomas Neuwirth, also explained that her treatment had suppressed the virus so that it could no longer be detected in her blood - and that she was no longer at risk of transmitting the virus. And we know this isn't something which only happens to those in the public eye. 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.