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Jonathan Van Ness Wants an End to HIV Stigma

The ‘Queer Eye’ star has been battling the virus – which damages the cells within the immune system and weakens the physique’s potential to struggle on a regular basis infections and illness – since he was 25, and has mentioned that since going public together with his prognosis earlier this yr, he is discovered there’s “nonetheless a lot misunderstanding” surrounding the situation.


He mentioned: “That is solely the start. I am shortly realising that there’s nonetheless a lot misunderstanding, a lot sensationalising of residing with HIV. The stigma and the issue across the means of getting therapy is creating that. My work has solely actually simply begun.”

Jonathan obtained backlash after his admission when a clip surfaced of him “cracking jokes” about HIV, however has mentioned he by no means supposed to offend anybody, and as an alternative was making an attempt to use comedy as a approach to “soothe” himself from the devastating information of his prognosis.

Talking to the January problem of Cosmopolitan journal – which hits newsstands on Thursday (05.12.19) – he defined: “Diane von Furstenberg says, ‘Information generally is just not information, it is context,’ and that is true. As a result of in the event you solely knew that one minute of that one video that you simply noticed of me? I would hate me too. I actually would.

“If I noticed the headlines of ‘Queer Eye star reveals devastating HIV prognosis’ after which, two days later, you see this one-minute video of me cracking jokes about Ronald Reagan’s therapy of individuals residing with HIV, I might hate me too.

“However additionally they do not perceive that I am somebody who resides with HIV; that that was the primary press tour I would ever completed; that I am additionally a comic who makes jokes out of stuff as a result of if I did not make jokes about it, I would not give you the chance to get away from bed within the morning. I’ve at all times used comedy as a approach to soothe myself and transfer ahead.”

The 32-year-old star not too long ago mentioned his virus is underneath management, and he feels as if he is “thriving”, regardless of his prognosis.

He mentioned: “So there is a factor known as a viral load and that is how a lot copies of the virus is in you.

“And you are taking a capsule daily and it mainly kills all of the copies of the virus in your blood and meaning you’ll be able to obtain and keep an undetectable viral load. There’s been lots of research … that mainly, undetectable equals un-transmittable.

“So so long as you are adhering to your treatment and seeing your physician each three months – I imply, I’ve picked up determine skating, I’ve completed nothing however get cuter and give you the chance to work longer and more durable hours. I really feel like I am thriving!”


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