Conchita Wurst is HIV positive

Conchita Wurst

Conchita Wurst is HIV positive

The 29-year-old star, who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Austria in 2014 with her anthem "Rise Like A Phoenix", has been inundated with messages of support since issuing her statement on Instagram.

The 29-year-old, an Austrian drag queen who found worldwide 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 chose to go public after an ex-boyfriend threatened to do so.

Wurst wrote: "I have been HIV-positive for many years".

The singer had meant to keep her diagnosis a private matter but chose to go public after an ex-boyfriend had threatened to go public.

"I hope to give others courage and to take another step against the stigmatisation of people who, through their own behaviour or that of others, have become infected with HIV", she said. She also wanted her loved ones to avoid the unwarranted stigma of having a relative with HIV, but said they have supported her "unconditionally since day one".

The second reason is that she believed the only people to whom this situation could be relevant to were the ones that represented a possible sexual partner.

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"Coming out is better than being outed by someone else". To my fans: the information about my HIV-status may be new to you - [but nothing about me has changed]! I'm well and I'm stronger, more motivated and liberated than ever.

Ultimately, Conchita wrote that she made a decision 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.

"I have been HIV-positive for many years", the 29-year-old pop singer, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, told her almost 300,000 followers, adding that she had been forced into revealing her status by a former partner. "Thank you for your support!"

"Threatening to reveal someone's HIV status, under any circumstances, is entirely wrong". And we know this isn't something which only happens to those in the public eye.

Conchita explained that since she first found out about her disease many years ago, she has been in medical treatment without interruption, considering she does not want to be able to pass on the virus. According to AVERT, having an undetectable viral load means a person living with HIV has such little quantities of the virus in their blood that it can not be detected using a standard blood test.

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