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Eurovision victor Conchita reveals HIV diagnosis

Eurovision victor Conchita reveals HIV diagnosis

Drag queen Conchita Wurst, the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest victor, came out as HIV-positive on Instagram and said an ex-boyfriend forced her to do so.

The former Eurovision victor, real name Tom Neuwirth, spoke for the first time on Monday about their HIV status in an emotional German-language Instagram post.

"Since I received the diagnosis, I have been in medical treatment, and for many years without interruption I have been below the detection limit, which means I am unable to transmit the virus", Wurst said on Instagram.

The 29-year-old, an Austrian drag queen who found global 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 made a decision to go public after an ex-boyfriend threatened to do so.

Wurst said that she did not go public with the information because it is only relevant to those she has sexual contact with.

"Coming out is better than being outed by someone else".

Conchita Wurst
Conchita Wurst

"I hope to give others courage and to take another step against the stigmatization of people who, through their own behavior or that of others, have become infected with HIV", she added.

"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. I'm well and I'm stronger, more motivated and liberated than ever. "Thank you for your support".

"I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me, threatening the health of so many others, which couldn't be further from the truth".

"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", he wrote. H.I.V. might be treated with medication that lessen the viral load into a level where the immune system is healthy and the individual can not pass onto the virus.

"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".

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