Austrian drag icon Conchita Wurst has opened up about living HIV - to thwart alleged attempts to expose her status publicly.
The Eurovision victor made the decision after an ex-boyfriend threatened to go public with her status.
The Austrian drag queen, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, said on Instagram late Sunday she had been blackmailed by a former friend who wanted to publish the information and made a decision to come out herself with it before he did.
I'm positive about HIV, many of you may not be interested in it, but I have to say it because a former friend is threatening to make public these personal medical records.
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"I would have gladly spared you the attention of the HIV status of your son, grandson and brother".
"Secondly, it is information that I believe is mainly relevant to those people with whom I could have sexual contact".
"Coming out is better than being outed by a third party".
"I hope to give others courage and to take another step against the stigmatization of people who, through their own behaviour or that of others, have become infected with HIV", the singer declared.
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"To my fans: the information about my HIV status may be new to you - my status is not!" I'm happy and healthy, and I'm stronger, more motivated and liberated than ever.
Wurst revealed that regular treatment had suppressed the virus. And we know this isn't something which only happens to those in the public eye.
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