Famous People With HIV

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: September 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stone Town, Tanzania
Died: November 24, 1991
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 2 Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)

 3 Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 4 Liberace

Liberace.
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: May 16, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
Died: February 4, 1987
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 5 Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe.
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Listed In: Photographers
Famous As: Photographer, Film director
Birthdate: November 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Floral Park
Died: March 9, 1989

 6 Michael Jeter

Michael Jeter
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA
Died: March 30, 2003
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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 7 Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Writer, Composer, Poet, Pianist
Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: May 27, 2011
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 8 Julio Cortazar

Julio Cortazar.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist & Translator
Birthdate: August 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium
Died: February 12, 1984

 9 Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Godstone
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 10 Sylvester

Sylvester
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Watts, California, United States
Died: December 16, 1988
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 11 Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: June 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

 12 Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Diver
Birthdate: January 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: El Cajon, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 13 Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 14 Lara Roxx

Lara Roxx
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Famous As: Adult Film Star
Birthdate: December 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Laval
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 15 Robert Joffrey

Robert Joffrey.
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Co-founder of Joffrey Ballet
Birthdate: December 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle
Died: March 25, 1988

 16 Gene Anthony Ray

Gene Anthony Ray
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Actor, Choreographer, Television actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 14, 2003

 17 Darren James

Darren James
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 18 Marc Wallice

Marc Wallice
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 19 Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: January 18, 1989
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 20 Michael A. Hess

Michael A. Hess
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: July 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Roscrea
Died: August 15, 1995

 21 Alexandra Billings

Alexandra Billings
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schaumburg, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 22 Andy Fraser

Andy Fraser
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician, Bassist, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paddington
Died: March 16, 2015

 23 Mark Patton

Mark Patton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

 24 Taylor Darling

Taylor Darling.
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Listed In: YouTubers
Famous As: YouTuber
Birthdate: May 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 25 Timothy Conigrave

Timothy Conigrave
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: actor,writer
Birthdate: November 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: October 18, 1994

 26 Reinaldo Arenas

Reinaldo Arenas.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Cuban poet
Birthdate: July 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oriente
Died: December 7, 1990

 27 Herb Ritts

Herb Ritts
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Listed In: Photographers
Famous As: Photographer, Film director
Birthdate: August 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: December 26, 2002

 28 Sean Sasser

Sean Sasser
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: October 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: August 7, 2013

 29 Félix González-Torres

Félix González-Torres
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Famous As: Visual Artist
Birthdate: November 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guáimaro, Cuba
Died: January 9, 1996

 30 Max Robinson

Max Robinson
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died: December 20, 1988

 31 James Merrill

James Merrill
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: March 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City
Died: February 6, 1995

 32 Billy Lyall

Billy Lyall
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: December 1, 1989

 33 Taina

Taina
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
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)

 34 Alice Lakwena

Alice Lakwena
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Priestess and rebel leader
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Uganda
Died: January 17, 2007

 35 Charlotte Valandrey

Charlotte Valandrey
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 36 David Brudnoy

David Brudnoy.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Talk Radio Host
Birthdate: June 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: December 9, 2004

 37 Rebekka Armstrong

Rebekka Armstrong
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Educator, Bodybuilder
Birthdate: February 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ridgecrest, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 38 Roger Montoya

Roger Montoya
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Politician, Gymnast
Birthdate: February 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States