Eurovision star Conchita Wurst reveals HIV diagnosis

Eurovision diva Conchita Wurst reveals she is HIV-positive

Eurovision diva Conchita Wurst reveals she is HIV-positive

M - Eurovision victor Conchita has told fans that she is HIV-positive, and has been in regular treatment for "several years".

The former Eurovision victor, real name Tom Neuwirth, spoke for the first time on Monday about their HIV status in an emotional German-language Instagram post.

The 29-year-old star, who won for Austria in 2014, said she had wanted to keep the information private, but an former boyfriend had "threatened to go public".

"I have been HIV-positive for several years", Conchita wrote (translated from German). I am well in my health, stronger and more active since then, since I have been treated since diagnosis and the virus is below the limits of detection now in my blood.

"I did not want to go public with it for a couple of reasons so far, I just want to mention two of them here: The most important one was my family, which has known and supported me unconditionally since day one".

"Likewise, my friends have been aware of this for quite some time and are dealing with it in an unbiased way that I would wish to everyone and everyone concerned".

However, the singer added: "Coming out is better than being outed by third party".

She said: "I hope to encourage (others) and make a step against the stigmatization of people who through their own behavior or through no fault of their own were infected with HIV".

"To my fans: the information about my HIV status may be new to you - but my status is not!"

Born Tom Neuwirth in Styria, Austria, Conchita became an worldwide sensation when she won Eurovision in with Rise Like A Phoenix.

"We applaud Conchita for handling this with such dignity and including in her post that people living with HIV who are on effective treatment, like her, can't pass the virus on".

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