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
Singer-songwriter
Eazy-EEazy-E
07 September 1964, American
Rapper

Rock HudsonRock Hudson
17 November 1925, American
Actor

Ryan WhiteRyan White
06 December 1971, American
 

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

LiberaceLiberace
16 May 1919, American
Pianist
Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920, American
Writer, Professor

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
15 October 1926, French
French philosopher

Keith HaringKeith Haring
04 May 1958, American
American artist

Gia CarangiGia Carangi
29 January 1960, American
Model
Arthur AsheArthur Ashe
10 July 1943, American
Tennis Player

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

Allan BloomAllan Bloom
14 September 1930, American
Philosopher

Anthony PerkinsAnthony Perkins
04 April 1932, American
Film actor, Film director, Singer, Screenwriter,
Kenny EverettKenny Everett
25 December 1944, British
Radio personality

Tony RichardsonTony Richardson
05 June 1928, British
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Actor
HalstonHalston
23 April 1932, American
Fashion designer, Costume designer

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

Leigh BoweryLeigh Bowery
26 March 1961, Australian
Dancer, Entrepreneur, Actor, Model
Perry EllisPerry Ellis
03 March 1940, American
Fashion designer

Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi
24 January 1944, German
Vocalizer
Howard AshmanHoward Ashman
17 May 1950, American
Composer, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Songwriter, Film

Tina ChowTina Chow
18 April 1950, American
Model

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

Tim RichmondTim Richmond
07 June 1955, American
Racing driver
David WojnarowiczDavid Wojnarowicz
14 September 1954, American
Photographer, Painter, Writer
Michael BennettMichael Bennett
08 April 1943, American
choreographer, theatre director, music director

CazuzaCazuza
04 April 1958, Brazilian
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Songwriter,

Grethe RaskGrethe Rask
1930 AD, Danish
physician, surgeon

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

Brad DavisBrad Davis
06 November 1949, American
Actor