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.
Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury
05 September 1946, British
Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen
03 September 1965, American

Magic JohnsonMagic Johnson
14 August 1959, American
Basketball player

16 May 1919, American

Andrew SullivanAndrew Sullivan
10 August 1963, British

Reinaldo ArenasReinaldo Arenas
16 July 1943, Cuban
Cuban poet
Taylor DarlingTaylor Darling
14 May 1997, American

Julio CortazarJulio Cortazar
26 August 1914, Argentinian

Robert JoffreyRobert Joffrey
24 December 1930, American
Co-founder of Joffrey Ballet
David BrudnoyDavid Brudnoy
05 June 1940, American
Talk Radio Host

Tommy MorrisonTommy Morrison
02 January 1969, American
Boxer, Actor
Jonathan Van NessJonathan Van Ness
28 March 1987, American

Michael JeterMichael Jeter
26 August 1952, American

Gil Scott-HeronGil Scott-Heron
01 April 1949, American
Singer, Writer, Composer, Poet, Pianist

Robert MapplethorpeRobert Mapplethorpe
04 November 1946, American
Photographer, Film director

Holly JohnsonHolly Johnson
09 February 1960, British
Singer, Writer, Artist, Guitarist, Painter
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
29 January 1960, American
Platform diver, Autobiographer, Diver, Coach

Steve RubellSteve Rubell
02 December 1943, American

Darren JamesDarren James
25 February 1964, American

Lara RoxxLara Roxx
12 December 1982, Canadian
Adult Film Star
Marc WalliceMarc Wallice
03 October 1959, American

Alexandra BillingsAlexandra Billings
28 March 1962, American
Gene Anthony RayGene Anthony Ray
24 May 1962, American
Actor, Choreographer, Television actor

Larry KramerLarry Kramer
25 June 1935, American

Michael A. HessMichael A. Hess
05 July 1952, American
Bruce ChatwinBruce Chatwin
13 May 1940, British

Andy FraserAndy Fraser
03 July 1952, British
Musician, Bassist, Songwriter
Herb RittsHerb Ritts
13 August 1952, American
Photographer, Film director

Timothy ConigraveTimothy Conigrave
19 November 1959, Australian

Félix González-TorresFélix González-Torres
26 November 1957, Cuban, American
Visual Artist
Max RobinsonMax Robinson
01 May 1939, American

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Sean SasserSean Sasser
25 October 1968, American
Nadja BenaissaNadja Benaissa
26 April 1982, German
Singer, Actor, Songwriter

Billy LyallBilly Lyall
26 March 1953, British

James MerrillJames Merrill
03 March 1926, American
Poet, Writer

06 September 1947, American
Alice LakwenaAlice Lakwena
1956 AD, Ugandan
Priestess and rebel leader