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Conchita Wurst Reveals Being HIV-positive
(Blogmensgo, gay blog April 18, 2018) Conchita Wurst revealed via Instagram on April 16, 2018 that she is HIV-positive. This comes after a former boyfriend had threatened her to make this new public, and she simply wanted to preempt him and do this herself. The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 has said that her viral load has been at undetectable levels for several years due to appropriate therapies.
Conchita ingrained herself in the collective memory of our times with her performance of the song Rise Like a Phoenix.
Just about one month before this year’s Song Contest she announced to be in good health and at the height of her strength, motivation and freedom. The artist benefits of the unrestricted support of “her family and friends who have known from the first day on.”
Her revelation comes after a blackmailing attempt by a former boyfriend, and Conchita was able to transform this threat into a personal strength. At the same time, she gives herself a new mission: The fight against “stigmatization of people who have been infected with HIV, no matter whether this was with or without their own wrongdoings”. As we know today, the risk of HIV-positive people like herself to infect others are extremely low, thanks to effective antiretroviral treatments.
We are curious to see what Tom Neuwirth (aged 29) – the real person behind the artificial persona of Conchita Wurst – will come up with for this new mission. It has been known for a while that Tom wants to give himself a more masculine appearance. Maybe this will be the right opportunity to end Conchita’s existence.
The exact idea for the new persona is yet unclear but Tom has many talents, which may well make the decision even harder.
However, several performances of Conchita Wurst are still planned for October 2018: She will then present her new album From Vienna With Love , which she has been recording together with the orchestra of the Wiener Philharmoniker. In addition, Conchita will be the ambassador for EuroPride 2019 in Vienna.
Unfortunately, certain newspapers and magazines (in Switzerland and elsewhere) have reacted inappropriately and negatively to the news.