Speaking about his personal life, “Who’s the Boss” child star, Danny Pintauro, revealed to Oprah Winfrey this week that he is HIV positive.
On Saturday night’s episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?,” Pintauro revealed, “I’m HIV-positive. And I have been for 12 years.” As reported by Variety, the actor has been keeping his illness a secret for the last decade. He was first diagnosed in 2003 while he was living in New York. On the show, he expressed that he was “completely clueless” that he was infected with HIV, but the confirmation of the diagnosis gave him a sense of relief. “It’s backwards. You’ve spent so much time terrified that you’re going to get it, and then you have it. You don’t have to be terrified anymore,” Danny said, as reported by the Hollywood Life.
While he wanted to share the news about the illness he is suffering from a “long time ago, but I wasn’t ready.” Pintauro says that, through his fight, he aspires to serve to the gay community. Before the show, he had tweeted that it was going to be a “life changing show” – turns out he wasn’t exaggerating. “It’s just a big deal. It’s not something that people are talking about right now really.”
According to Out Magazine, Pintauro came out in the media in 1997, saying that it was because he was forced to. “I missed the opportunity to be a beacon of light for gay kids who were going through what I was going through because I was outed — it wasn’t by choice,” he had said. He shared on the episode that he had sex with a man who hadn’t disclosed his status. “I was doing crystal meth, which completely ruins your immune system,” he said. “Crystal meth takes away your inhibitions. You have no limits. I know exactly when it happened. I truly thought I was being safe, and obviously, I wasn’t.”
Pintauro married his husband, Wil Tabares, in 2014. He shared a picture of the two on Instagram, captioning it, “Last meal as a nobody. 😉 first meal as an activist. #lifelovelive.”
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