List of famous list of people who are/were known to have been infected with HIV virus, the pathogen that causes AIDS.

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.
Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen
(American actor)

03 September 1965

American

Magic JohnsonMagic Johnson
(Basketball player)

14 August 1959

American

LiberaceLiberace
(Pianist)

16 May 1919

American

Andrew SullivanAndrew Sullivan
(Author)

10 August 1963

British

Reinaldo ArenasReinaldo Arenas
(Cuban poet)

16 July 1943

Cuban

Robert JoffreyRobert Joffrey
(Co-founder of Joffrey Ballet)

24 December 1930

American

Taylor DarlingTaylor Darling
(YouTuber)

14 May 1997

American

David BrudnoyDavid Brudnoy
(Talk Radio Host)

05 June 1940

American

Julio CortazarJulio Cortazar
(Novelist)

26 August 1914

Argentinian

Tommy MorrisonTommy Morrison
(Boxer, Actor)

02 January 1969

American

Robert MapplethorpeRobert Mapplethorpe
(Photographer, Film director)

04 November 1946

American

Gil Scott-HeronGil Scott-Heron
(Singer, Writer, Composer, Poet, Pianist)

01 April 1949

American

Holly JohnsonHolly Johnson
(Singer, Writer, Artist, Guitarist, Painter)

09 February 1960

British

Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
(Platform diver, Autobiographer, Diver, Coach)

29 January 1960

American

Lara RoxxLara Roxx
(Pornographic actor)

12 December 1982

Canadian

Gene Anthony RayGene Anthony Ray
(Actor, Choreographer, Television actor)

24 May 1962

American

Michael A. HessMichael A. Hess
(Lawyer)

05 July 1952

American

Andy FraserAndy Fraser
(Musician, Bassist, Songwriter)

03 July 1952

British

Herb RittsHerb Ritts
(Photographer, Film director)

13 August 1952

American

Timothy ConigraveTimothy Conigrave
(actor,writer)

19 November 1959

Australian

Sean SasserSean Sasser
(Chef)

25 October 1968

American

Nadja BenaissaNadja Benaissa
(Singer, Actor, Songwriter)

26 April 1982

German

James MerrillJames Merrill
(Poet, Writer)

03 March 1926

American

Billy LyallBilly Lyall
(Singer)

26 March 1953

British

Steve MooreSteve Moore
(ice hockey player)

22 September 1978

Canadian

Andy BellAndy Bell
(singer, songwriter)

25 April 1964

British