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 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)

 2 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

 3 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

 4 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)
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 5 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)

 6 Alexis Arquette

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Famous As: Actress best known to reality audiences as a member of the 2005 cast of MTV's The Surreal Life
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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 7 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)
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 8 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)
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 9 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

 10 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
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 11 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

 12 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

 13 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

 14 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)

 15 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)

 16 Sean Sasser

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

 17 Mark Patton

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

 18 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

 19 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

 20 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

 21 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)

 22 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)

 23 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

 24 Gottfried von Bismarck

Gottfried von Bismarck
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Noted for his dissolute lifestyle, and his homes were linked to two deaths from narcotics
Birthdate: September 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uccle, Belgium
Died: June 29, 2007

 25 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

 26 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)

 27 John Stagliano

John Stagliano
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Pornographic film actor
Birthdate: November 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 28 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

 29 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)

 30 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

 31 Charlotte Valandrey

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

 32 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)

 33 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

 34 Renato Russo

Renato Russo
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer and Songwriter, He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band Legião Urbana
Birthdate: March 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Died: October 11, 1996
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)