Even though it’s been decades since AIDS surfaced the earth, it still remains as one of the frightening realities that the world just can’t cope with. There was a time when it was believed that AIDS would affect only a certain kind of people. But as the years flew by, it has proven that it shows no bias and will strike anyone with no discrimination when it comes to race or sexuality. Initially considered a stigma that needed to keep the victim aloof, now it is more open for acceptance and space to learn to live with the disease without the fear of disapproval from the masses. Now with a boom in technology, people have a better understanding and approach toward this life-altering disease and have even gone to spread awareness about its gravity. There are a number of agencies that are even related to the government that work tirelessly to support advocacy efforts that will help both the victims and the general public about HIV and AIDS. This gruesome disease didn’t spare the lives of the artists and game-changers in Hollywood either! Legendary singer Freddie Mercury fell victim to HIV which claimed his life at the age of 45. American actor Rock Hudson, model Gia Carangi, author Isaac Asimov, and singer/actor Antony Perkins are some of the many who succumbed to this deadly disease. Keep reading and you will probably be blown away by the number of artists you never knew were affected by HIV!
Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury
05 September 1946, British
07 September 1964, American

Rock HudsonRock Hudson
17 November 1925, American

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
15 October 1926, French
French philosopher

16 May 1919, American

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920, American
Writer, Professor
Keith HaringKeith Haring
04 May 1958, American
American artist

Gia CarangiGia Carangi
29 January 1960, American

Rudolf NureyevRudolf Nureyev
17 March 1938, Austrian
Ballet Dancer & Choreographer

Arthur AsheArthur Ashe
10 July 1943, American
Tennis Player
Ryan WhiteRyan White
06 December 1971, American

Denholm ElliottDenholm Elliott
31 May 1922, Spanish, British
Alvin AileyAlvin Ailey
05 January 1931, American

Paul ShenarPaul Shenar
12 February 1936, American

Allan BloomAllan Bloom
14 September 1930, American
23 April 1932, American
Fashion designer, Costume designer

Roy CohnRoy Cohn
20 February 1927, American
Anthony PerkinsAnthony Perkins
04 April 1932, American
Film actor, Film director, Singer, Screenwriter,

Kenny EverettKenny Everett
25 December 1944, British
Radio personality

Kevin Peter HallKevin Peter Hall
09 May 1955, American
Howard RollinsHoward Rollins
17 October 1950, American

Tony RichardsonTony Richardson
05 June 1928, British
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Actor
Bruce ChatwinBruce Chatwin
13 May 1940, British

Ofra HazaOfra Haza
19 November 1957, Israeli
Singer, Voice actor, Actor, Composer, Journalist,

Steve RubellSteve Rubell
02 December 1943, American

Perry EllisPerry Ellis
03 March 1940, American
Fashion designer
Dan HartmanDan Hartman
08 December 1950, American
Pedro ZamoraPedro Zamora
29 February 1972, Cuban, American

Howard AshmanHoward Ashman
17 May 1950, American
Composer, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Songwriter, Film

Derek JarmanDerek Jarman
31 January 1942, British
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Diarist,

Tim RichmondTim Richmond
07 June 1955, American
Racing driver
Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi
24 January 1944, German

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Ian CharlesonIan Charleson
11 August 1949, Scottish
Scottish actor

Tina ChowTina Chow
18 April 1950, American

Leigh BoweryLeigh Bowery
26 March 1961, Australian
Dancer, Entrepreneur, Actor, Model

David WojnarowiczDavid Wojnarowicz
14 September 1954, American
Photographer, Painter, Writer
Michael BennettMichael Bennett
08 April 1943, American
choreographer, theatre director, music director

Franco MoschinoFranco Moschino
27 February 1950, Italian
Fashion designer
04 April 1958, Brazilian
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Songwriter,

Grethe RaskGrethe Rask
1930 AD, Danish
physician, surgeon

Michael PetersMichael Peters
06 August 1948, American
Peter AllenPeter Allen
10 February 1944, Australian
Songwriter, Musician, Singer, Pianist

Brad DavisBrad Davis
06 November 1949, American