The victor of "Eurovision-2014" Austrian singer Thomas Neuwirth, known as the bearded lady Conchita Wurst, announced on 15 April in Instagram that are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to the Chronicle.info with reference to Gordon. What other health condition would be used as blackmail against someone? She also explained the situation that surrounded the announcement - of course in her native language, German.
She continues: "Secondly, it is an information that I believe is mainly relevant to those people with whom sexual contact is an option". The singer revealed she has HIV on Instagram. The photo showed her with her signature look: long dark dreads flowing down, correctly done, and her face framed by her beard, outstanding yet flawless.
Bearded diva Conchita Wurst says she's HIV-positive and has been living with the virus for many years.
"I did not want to go public with it for a couple of reasons, two of which I will mention here: the most important one was my family, who have known and supported me unconditionally since day one".
The singer had meant to keep her diagnosis a private matter but made a decision to go public after an ex-boyfriend had threatened to go public.
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Ultimately, Conchita wrote that she chose to open up about having HIV publicly before she was outed to retain ownership of her own narrative, but also to break down the stigma surrounding HIV.
Conchita wrote that she has been receiving medical treatment for many years and that she is feeling healthy and strong. Until relatively recently contracting the HIV virus was widely regarded as deadly, as the infection would progress to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), undermining patients' ability to fight off disease.
Wurst revealed that regular treatment had suppressed the virus.
Conchita added that the virus is no longer detectable in her blood stream, and could no longer be transmitted to others. However, the possibility is still there, meaning that, even if the concern should not be as high, prevention methods are yet suggested.
The 29-year-old added: "Coming out is better than being outed by third".
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"I hope to build up courage and take another step against the stigmatisation of people who have become infected by HIV, either through their own behaviour or through no fault of their own".
Since sharing the news, Conchita has been flooded with messages of support from fans on social media.
Her Instagram followers have been nothing else than supportive, claiming they are proud of her for being so fearless and stepping up to those who want to harm by judging someone for his or her condition.
Conchita Wurst has revealed she is HIV positive in a public statement to fans.
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