Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness reveals he's HIV-positive

Queer Eye co-host Jonathan Van Ness has come out as HIV-positive.

The hit TV show's resident grooming expert revealed his diagnosis in a candid interview with the New York Times, ahead of the September 24 release of his autobiography Over The Top.

The TV personality and hairdresser spoke of his history of "self-destructive behaviours", including addictions to hard drugs and sex in his early 20s. He also revealed he was sexually abused at a young age, an experience which "planted the seed" for his later struggles. 

Van Ness told the publication that he spent his teen years hooking up with older men he met online. He dropped out of university after one year, and advertised sex for money on the chat site Gay.com, the New York Times reports.

The 32-year-old said he was diagnosed with HIV the day after he collapsed at a hairdressing salon, aged 25. 

"That day was just as devastating as you would think it would be," he said. Van Ness has since embraced his condition, describing himself as a "healthy and proud member of the beautiful HIV-positive community".

Although Van Ness hoped his disclosure would inspire others to reach out, he admitted he felt "scared to be this vulnerable".

He's received an outpouring of support through social media, many praising his courage to speak out on difficult subjects.

"Thank you for sharing your truth and helping so many," one user wrote to Van Ness on Instagram.

"I'm in awe of your poise and bravery," commented another.

"Love you, proud of you," said fellow Queer Eye 'Fab Five' member Antoni Porowski.


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