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- “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness revealed to host Jimmy Kimmel why he decided to come forward with his HIV diagnosis.
- During an interview on ABC late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday, Van Ness said he was inspired to speak out because of the Trump administration’s repeated attacks on Planned Parenthood and other organizations that help sexually active women and LGBTQ people.
- “As I’ve witnessed this demonization of people who dare to be pregnant or engage in sex… I was like, ‘I really need to speak about this,'” Van Ness said of his decision to reveal his diagnosis.
- The star also spoke about the importance of getting antiretroviral medication to HIV positive people.
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“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness opened up to Jimmy Kimmel on Monday about why he decided to come forward with his HIV diagnosis.
“As I’ve witnessed this demonization of people who dare to be pregnant or engage in sex… I was like, ‘I really need to speak about this,'” Van Ness said of his decision to reveal his diagnosis, during an interview on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Van Ness revealed that the Trump administration’s repeated attacks on organizations like Planned Parenthood, which helps sexually active women and LGBTQ people, helped spur his decision to speak out about living with HIV.
“Over the course of the time of ‘Queer Eye’ coming out, we had an administration that fired the HIV/AIDS Advisory Council in 2017, and has launched a systematic attack on Planned Parenthood, which is the place where I had access to testing,” he told Kimmel.
“Had it not been for Planned Parenthood, I wouldn’t have known that I was HIV positive,” Van Ness revealed.
The star also stressed the importance of getting antiretroviral medication to HIV positive people, and emphasized that if an HIV positive person’s viral load is undetectable (something that happens after taking medication for a sustained period of time), they’re not able to pass on the virus to others.
“Undetectable equals untransmittable,” the star said, adding that people who are undetectable “can live a gorgeous, normal life.”
Van Ness previously opened up about his diagnosis in his new memoir, “Over The Top,” where he describes the moment he collapsed in a hair salon before getting tested and diagnosed with HIV.
And this isn’t the first time that the star has been vocal about the effects of conservative politics on LGBTQ people and people living with HIV.
In September, he told the New York Times felt he needed to discuss his diagnosis because of the current political climate.
“When ‘Queer Eye’ came out, it was really difficult because I was like, ‘Do I want to talk about my status?,” Van Ness said.
“And then I was like, ‘The Trump administration has done everything they can do to have the stigmatization of the LGBT community thrive around me. I do feel the need to talk about this.”
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