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Conchita Wurst HIV-Positive and Healthy, She Reveals

Conchita Wurst HIV-Positive and Healthy, She Reveals

Conchita Wurst poses on the red carpet before the opening ceremony of the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair on Oct. 13, 2015, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

Monday, 16 April 2018 04:10 PM

Conchita Wurst is HIV-positive and has been living with the virus for years, the Austrian drag queen revealed on Instagram.

Wurst, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, said late Sunday on the social site that she had been blackmailed by a former friend who wanted to publish the information and decided to come out herself with it before he did, according to The Associated Press.

Conchita wrote that she has been receiving medical treatment for many years and that she is feeling healthy and strong.

Conchita, the alter ego of Thomas Neuwirth, wrote that "coming out is better than being outed by a 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."

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Conchita Wurst is HIV-positive and has had the virus for years, the Austrian drag queen and Eurovision Song Contest winner revealed on Instagram.
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