The news about Charlie Sheen has put the dangerous disease back on the radar. To bring awareness to ourselves and to you guys, we decided to cover the leading example of famous peeps who are HIV positive and yet continue to lead a relatively normal life.
They prove that we can win this war if we fight with compassion and carefulness. What better way to motivate ourselves to eradicate AIDS than starting with a new promise on the World AIDS day (Sadly #1 in the list doesn’t get the point).
Greg Louganis is an American diver, who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. He disclosed his HIV positive status in 1988. He is also an LGBT rights activist and an author.
Danny Pintauro is a star from the 1980s sitcom, Who’s the Boss. He has been living with HIV for over 12 years.
Sean O’Brien Strub is a writer and an activist. He founded POZ magazine for HIV/AIDS awareness. He has been open about him being HIV+ since 1990s. He was also the first person with HIV to run for the federal office.
Barbara Samsun is a french writer who became HIV postive at the age of seventeen. She wrote a book on her life named ‘Nobody Is Serious when They’re Seventeen.’ The book became the best seller in France and was even made into a movie.
Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. is known by his stage name Mykki Blanco. He is an American rapper, performance artist and activist. Blanco disclosed his HIV positive status in 2011. He has since travelled the world 3 times!
Rudy Galindo is an American skater who won 1996 US national championship. In 2000, he disclosed that he is HIV positive.
La Taína is a Puerto Rican model and TV host. She has done various commercials and hosted a late night show for over 10 years. In 2011, she announced that she is HIV positive.
Holly Johnson is an English artist, musician and writer. He is known for being the lead vocalist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood. His debut album hit the top charts in the UK. He has been HIV positive since 1991.
Jerry Herman is an American composer and lyricist. He has composed for few films and for the television. His discovered being HIV positive in 1985 and continues to live happily at the age of 82!
Andy Bell is an English singer, being the lead for Erasure. His company has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. He has made albums for charity and to raise funds for AIDS awareness. He has been HIV positive since 1998.
Chuck Panozzo is a bass player for a famous band named Styx. Styx was formed in 1970s and has been active ever since. He came out in 2001 to announce that he was gay and living with HIV.
Andrew Sullivan is an author, editor and blogger. He is often seen in the discussion panels on tv shows. He has been part of famous websites like Time, The Atlantic, and The Daily Beast. Sullivan has been fighting HIV since 2001!
David Brindle is a Canadian journalist, an anchor for CBC Radio and the CBS Newsworld. In 1990s, he publicly acknowledged of being HIV+ and has been at the forefront of the LGBT rights since.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Earvin “Magic” Johnson is one of America’s best basketball players. He announced in 1991 that he has tested positive for HIV. He retired soon after and has built a business empire after that. He is also an activist for AIDS awareness, along with being an author of his book – My Life.
You can get his book from here!!!
Carlos Irwin Estévez is better known with his stage name Charlie Sheen. He is an American actor who has been part of various successful films. In 2010, Sheen was the highest paid actor on television being paid $1.8 million per episode of Two and a Half Men. He recently came out to announce that he is HIV positive.
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