'Queer Eye's' Jonathan Van Ness 'comes out' as living with HIV
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“Queer Eye’s” Jonathan Van Ness revealed in an emotional new interview that he is H.I.V. positive and accused the Trump administration of stigmatizing the LGBTQ community.

Van Ness, who has been a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE told The New York Times that he is healthy and considers himself a “member of the beautiful H.I.V.-positive community.”

“When ‘Queer Eye’ came out, it was really difficult because I was like, ‘Do I want to talk about my status?” Van Ness told The New York Times. “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,” Van Ness added. He said he was diagnosed after he fainted at his job at a salon in Los Angeles when he was 25 years old, and he went to Planned Parenthood to diagnose his flulike symptoms.  

“That day was just as devastating as you would think it would be,” he said, the New York Times reported.

Ahead of the release of his memoir Tuesday, Van Ness shared that he has “a lot of compounded trauma” after being sexually abused by another boy at church, The New York Times reported.

He also shared that he has struggled with binge eating after the death of his stepfather as well as drug addiction.  

Van Ness added that, beginning as a teen, he would talk with older men in chat rooms to meet them for sex, including later advertising sex for money.

But Van Ness said that, although his struggles with addiction and other trauma have been difficult to discuss on “Queer Eye,” the upbeat Netflix makeover show, he wanted to share his experience to inspire others. 

“These are all difficult subjects to talk about on a makeover show about hair and makeup,” Van Ness said. “That doesn’t mean ‘Queer Eye’ is less valid, but I want people to realize you’re never too broken to be fixed."