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

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

The bearded performer, the alter ego of Thomas Neuwirth, wrote that "popping out is healthier than being outed by a 3rd get together".

Aids charity The Terrence Higgins Trust expressed dismay that Wurst had been obliged to reveal her diagnosis.

The former Eurovision victor, real name Tom Neuwirth, spoke for the first time on Monday about their HIV status in an emotional German-language Instagram post.

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".

The 29-year-old, an Austrian drag queen who found global fame after winning the competition in 2014 with the song Rise Like a Phoenix, informed fans of her diagnosis on Instagram, stating that she had made a decision to go public after an ex-boyfriend threatened to do so.

"I hope to give others courage and to take another step against the stigmatization of people who, through their own behaviour or that of others, have become infected with HIV", the singer declared.

The information about my situation may be new to you but to me it is not. "Thank you for your support".

Wurst has been supported by HIV groups, who hit out at the attempts to expose the star's HIV status.

Wurst revealed that regular treatment had suppressed the virus.

"Threatening to disclose somebody's HIV standing, underneath any circumstances, is exclusively incorrect".

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".

The Eurovision victor made the decision after an ex-boyfriend threatened to go public with her status. And we know this isn't something which only happens to those in the public eye.

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