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10 Famous People with HIV

1.) Charlie Sheen

The actor who is best known for the long-running TV series Two and a Half Men. Charlie Sheen revealed his HIV status in 2015. He was known to have used illegal drugs and had high-risk sex.

2.) Freddie Mercury

The famous frontman of the rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury died from complications of AIDS in 1991 at just 45 years old.

3.) Magic Johnson

The basketball superstar of the LA Lakers, Magic Johnson went public with his HIV status in 1991. He is still in good health with daily medications to control his HIV infection.

4.) Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis shot to fame for winning multiple gold medals for diving including Olympic gold. He famously hit his head on the springboard during the 1988 Seoul Olympic games sparking fears of HIV possibly spreading to other athletes via his blood being in the diving pool.

5.) Rock Hudson

The American heart-throb TV star of the 50’s and 60’s, Rock Hudson died from complications of AIDS in 1985 at 60 years of age.

6.) Fela Kuti

Famous musician and activist Fela Kuti died from complications of AIDS in 1997 at the age of 59 years old.

7.) Liberace

Famous pianist and showman Liberace died from complications of AIDS in 1987 at the age of 68.

8.) Andy Bell

Pop group Erasure frontman Andy Bell was diagnosed with HIV in 1998.

9.) Tina Chow

Famous model and jewelry designer Tina Chow was diagnosed with HIV in 1989. She became an activist and educated many on HIV and AIDS. She passed away in 1992 at the age of 41 from complications of AIDS

10.) Paddy Chew

Paddy Chew was the first person with the courage to come out publicly about his HIV status in Singapore. He wrote an autobiographical play called Completely With/Without Character. He passed away in 1999 from AIDS complications.


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