The star shared the news on Instagram.
Eurovision star Conchita Wurst, who championed the contest back in 2014 for Austria with her entry ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’, today announced via Instagram that she has been diagnosed as HIV positive.
The decision to reveal her diagnosis publicly came following the revelation that an ex-boyfriend had threatened to go public with the news. In the post, Conchita said “I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and influence my life,” and that “coming out is better than being outed by a third party.”
She added in the Instagram post that she “hoped 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.”
Ian Green, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, told QWEERIST that “the decision to talk openly about your HIV status should be a personal one and not taken away or ever, ever used as a threat.”
Green added that “threatening to reveal someone’s HIV status, under any circumstances, is entirely wrong.”
Speaking about Conchita’s story, Green said:
We applaud Conchita for handling this with such dignity and including in her post that people living with HIV who are on effective treatment can’t pass the virus on. This is because HIV medication works by shrinking the amount of virus in the blood to undetectable levels, which both protects the immune system from damage and prevents HIV from being passed on to anyone else.
Conchita has done so much good since winning Eurovision four years ago, and has shown her strength of character once again in her handling of this situation.
Wurst said that she had been receiving regular treatment for “several years” and that the virus could no longer be detected in her blood.
Worried about HIV? Find out more information from the Terrance Higgins Trust here.