Conchita Wurst reveals HIV status

Conchita Wurst reveals HIV status

"The day has come to release me from the sword of Damocles for the rest of my life: for many years I was positive", - wrote the contractor.

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.

Eurovision victor and Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst has announced that she is HIV-positive, after an ex-boyfriend allegedly threatened to out her.

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. The post, translated from German, said she chose to talk openly about her status after an ex-boyfriend allegedly threatened to disclose it without her consent.

Conchita, a gay rights activist since the beginning of her career, showed the world she was an active and influential person, and she kept the same attitude when addressing the recent events. She also believed that her status was only relevant to those she was having sex with.

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. HIV is heavily stigmatized, as are HIV-positive people. However, the possibility is still there, meaning that, even if the concern should not be as high, prevention methods are yet suggested.

"Coming out is better than being outed by a third party".

"[By] taking this step, I hope to encourage others and help lessen the stigmatisation of people who have become infected with HIV through their own behaviour or innocently through that of others". It's unfortunate that she had to share her message under apparent threat of blackmail, but now that she's shared it, Conchita is making a powerful statement.

"You are a referent to a lot of people, some of them are very young and live in fear, but today you have changed thousands of lives being courageous, fighting the blackmail and rising once again full of light", claimed a social media user.

She also thanked them for their support and declared she felt liberated and more motivated than ever.

"We applaud Conchita for handling this with such dignity and including in her post that people living with HIV who are on effective treatment, like her, can't pass the virus on".