Famous People With HIV

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Leading a normal life as someone infected with HIV is extremely difficult due to the medical implications. Add to it the stigma and prejudice associated with the condition which further complicates the lives of those with HIV. However, being diagnosed as HIV positive need not be the end of the world as these celebrities with HIV have proved. Rock Hudson, a ‘heartthrob’ of the Hollywood Golden Age became the first prominent celebrity to die from AIDS-related complications and his death helped to shed light on the medical condition that was considered a taboo in the society and never publically discussed. Keith Christopher was another actor who despite his long struggle with AIDS was an active participant in the AIDS awareness movement. American tennis player Arthur Ashe who contracted HIV after a blood transfusion founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his untimely death. In the more recent times, social attitudes towards HIV and AIDS is changing and this has prompted HIV infected celebrities like Charlie Sheen, Magic Johnson, Viktor Luna, and Jerry Herman to openly disclose their condition in order to inspire other HIV patients. Check this section to know more about famous people who are/were known to have been infected with HIV virus.
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Jonathan Van Ness
(American Hairstylist, Podcast Host and Television Personality)
Jonathan Van Ness
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Birthdate: March 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Quincy, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Michael Jeter
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Birthdate: August 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA
Died: March 30, 2003
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Andrew Sullivan
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Birthdate: August 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Godstone
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Sylvester
(Singer-songwriter)
Sylvester
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Watts, California, United States
Died: December 16, 1988
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Julio Cortazar
(Novelist & Translator)
Julio Cortazar
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium
Died: February 12, 1984
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Greg Louganis
(Only Man and the Second Diver in Olympic History to Sweep the Diving Events in Consecutive Olympic Games)
Greg Louganis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: El Cajon, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Alexis Arquette
(Actress best known to reality audiences as a member of the 2005 cast of MTV's The Surreal Life)
Alexis Arquette
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Birthdate: July 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: September 11, 2016
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Holly Johnson
(Pop Singer and Lead Vocalist of the British New Wave Band 'Frankie Goes to Hollywood')
Holly Johnson
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Lara Roxx
(First of the Three Known Pornographic Actresses To Contract HIV While Making A Pornographic Video)
Lara Roxx
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laval, Quebec, Canada
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Larry Kramer
(Playwright)
Larry Kramer
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
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John Stagliano
(Pornographic film actor)
John Stagliano
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Darren James
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Birthdate: February 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Alexandra Billings
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Birthdate: March 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schaumburg, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Robert Joffrey
(Co-founder of Joffrey Ballet)
Robert Joffrey
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: December 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle
Died: March 25, 1988
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Michael A. Hess
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Roscrea
Died: August 15, 1995
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Gene Anthony Ray
(Actor, Choreographer, Television actor)
Gene Anthony Ray
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: May 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 14, 2003
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Bruce Chatwin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: January 18, 1989
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Marc Wallice
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Birthdate: October 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Timothy Conigrave
(actor,writer)
Timothy Conigrave
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: October 18, 1994
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Sean Sasser
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Birthdate: October 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: August 7, 2013
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Félix González-Torres
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Birthdate: November 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guáimaro, Cuba
Died: January 9, 1996
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Taylor Darling
(YouTuber)
Taylor Darling
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Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: May 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Max Robinson
(Broadcaster)
Max Robinson
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Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died: December 20, 1988
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Reinaldo Arenas
(Cuban poet)
Reinaldo Arenas
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oriente
Died: December 7, 1990
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Mark Patton
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Birthdate: September 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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Taina
(Model)
Taina
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Image:Flag of Puerto Rico.svg 25px Río Piedras, Puerto Rico Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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James Merrill
(Poet, Writer)
James Merrill
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City
Died: February 6, 1995
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Billy Lyall
(Singer)
Billy Lyall
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: December 1, 1989
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Gottfried von Bismarck
(Noted for his dissolute lifestyle, and his homes were linked to two deaths from narcotics)
Gottfried von Bismarck
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uccle, Belgium
Died: June 29, 2007
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Rebekka Armstrong
(Educator, Bodybuilder)
Rebekka Armstrong
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ridgecrest, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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David Brudnoy
(Talk Radio Host)
David Brudnoy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: December 9, 2004
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Renato Russo
(Singer and Songwriter, He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band Legião Urbana)
Renato Russo
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Died: October 11, 1996
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Alice Lakwena
(Priestess and rebel leader)
Alice Lakwena
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Uganda
Died: January 17, 2007
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Charlotte Valandrey
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Birthdate: November 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Roger Montoya
(Politician, Gymnast)
Roger Montoya
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States