Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness Reveals He's HIV Positive

Lawrence Kim
September 21, 2019

Jonathan Van Ness, one of the beloved stars of Netflix's Queer Eye reboot, is coming out as HIV positive.

Van Ness then addressed the pressure to live out his Queer Eye persona when meeting fans in real life.

When he was 25, he fainted while working on a client's hair in the salon and went to Planned Parenthood for what he thought was a case of the flu. "These are issues that need to be talked about".

In a preview of his book with the New York Times, Van Ness opened up about his early struggles with sex and drug addiction as well as his experience with sexual assault, revealing that he was abused by an older boy from his childhood church.

"For a lot of people who are survivors of sexual assault at a young age, we have a lot of compounded trauma", he told the newspaper. With his book, Van Ness tells the newspaper that he wants to bring attention to the misperceptions about being HIV positive, and describes himself as "an out-and-proud member of the handsome HIV. -positive community". He developed binge-eating disorder after the death of his stepfather. He exchanged sex for money in college to feed his cocaine habit.

Van Ness reveals that he still drinks but gave up drugs years ago. By the time he was in his twenties he was addicted to smoking methamphetamine, which put him in rehab twice.

"When Queer Eye came out, it was really hard because I was like, 'Do I want to talk about my status?' " he told the Times.

Van Ness considers himself a proud "member of the handsome HIV-positive community" and hopes that his transparency surrounding the subject will shut down common misconceptions.

With the success of "Queer Eye", Van Ness hopes to destigmatize his addiction struggles and HIV-positive status.

In the book, which will be released on 26 September, Jonathan bravely talks about his history with using drugs and also shares that he is H.I.V. -positive.

He added: "These are all hard subjects to talk about on a makeover show about hair and makeup".

However, he concluded on a positive note: "I want people to realize you're never too broken to be fixed".

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