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

Robert MapplethorpeRobert Mapplethorpe
04 November 1946, American
Photographer, Film director
Michael JeterMichael Jeter
26 August 1952, American

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

Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
29 January 1960, American
Platform diver, Autobiographer, Diver, Coach
Marc WalliceMarc Wallice
03 October 1959, American

Bruce ChatwinBruce Chatwin
13 May 1940, British
Holly JohnsonHolly Johnson
09 February 1960, British
Singer, Writer, Artist, Guitarist, Painter

Steve RubellSteve Rubell
02 December 1943, American

Lara RoxxLara Roxx
12 December 1982, Canadian
Adult Film Star
Darren JamesDarren James
25 February 1964, 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

Alexandra BillingsAlexandra Billings
28 March 1962, American

Herb RittsHerb Ritts
13 August 1952, American
Photographer, Film director
Andy FraserAndy Fraser
03 July 1952, British
Musician, Bassist, Songwriter
Sean SasserSean Sasser
25 October 1968, American

Timothy ConigraveTimothy Conigrave
19 November 1959, Australian

Nadja BenaissaNadja Benaissa
26 April 1982, German
Singer, Actor, Songwriter

James MerrillJames Merrill
03 March 1926, American
Poet, Writer
Billy LyallBilly Lyall
26 March 1953, British