Conchita Wurst Says She Was Blackmailed into Revealing She's HIV-Positive


"In the future, I don't want to give anyone the right to cause me pain and influence my life in that way".

HIV charities have rallied around the songstress, deploring however that she had been forced to reveal her diagnosis.

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, like her, can't pass the virus on".

The singer noted that she had not previously gone public with her status for many reasons.

"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".

She said she had chose to come out with the news herself before her friend did.

"Secondly, it is information that I believe is mainly relevant to those people with whom I could have sexual contact".

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In a post on Instagram the Austrian drag queen said she has been living with the virus for many years. Thus, she is not able to transmit the virus.

As HIV is highly virulent, many campaigns and prevention treatments have been developed for many years in an attempt to reduce the statistics of transmissions.

Wurst, real name Thomas Neuwirth, also explained that her treatment had suppressed the virus so that it could no longer be detected in her blood - and that she was no longer at risk of transmitting the virus. However, the possibility is still there, meaning that, even if the concern should not be as high, prevention methods are yet suggested.

The 29-year-old added: "Coming out is better than being outed by third". With this act, she hoped to build up her courage to take another step against the stigmatization of people who are infected by HIV - even if they have been affected by their own behavior or through no fault of their own. It's unfortunate that she had to share her message under apparent threat of blackmail, but now that she's shared it, Conchita is making a powerful statement.

Her Instagram followers have been nothing else than supportive, claiming they are proud of her for being so courageous and stepping up to those who want to harm by judging someone for his or her condition.

"But I'm grateful that already she is seizing the opportunity to dispel ignorance & fear by affirming that HIV undetectable = untransmittable", Hodson added.