Stigma be damned!

Response to Jonathan Van Ness revealing he’s poz proves we’re winning the fight against HIV stigma

In a moving interview with the New York Times published over the weekend, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness opens up about being HIV-positive.

“When Queer Eye came out, it was really difficult because I was like, ‘Do I want to talk about my status?’,” the 32-year-old non-binary reality TV star says.

But Trump rolling back LGBTQ rights and stripping away funding for HIV/AIDS research made him feel the need to speak out.

“I’ve had nightmares every night for the past three months because I’m scared to be this vulnerable with people,” he says. “There are issues that need to be talked about.”

Throughout his 20s, Van Ness struggled with addiction to sex and drugs. He went to rehab twice and relapsed both times. Then, when he was 25, he fainted at work.

The next day, he went to Planned Parenthood to be examined for flu-like symptoms. And that’s when he tested positive for HIV.

“That day was just as devastating as you would think it would be,” Van Ness writes in his new memoir, which he hopes will help dispel some of the misconceptions people have about HIV.

Since “coming out” as poz, Van Ness has received an outpouring of love and support from people on Twitter, proving HIV stigma may (finally!) be on the outs…

Van Ness now describes himself as an “out and loud member of the beautiful HIV-positive community.”

“These are all difficult subjects to talk about,” Van Ness says, “but I want people to realize you’re never too broken to be fixed.”

Related: Real World’s Danny Roberts comes out as HIV-positive, says “I spent so long beating myself up”