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

Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan now describes himself as a "member of the lovely HIV-positive community", but says that, when Queer Eye first came out, he was unsure whether to talk about his diagnosis.

Van Ness added, "I do feel the need to talk about this".

The deeply personal revelation comes only days before JVN's memoir Over the Top is set to be released.

As a teenager, Van Ness said he would meet older men online for sex.

The 32-year-old reality TV personality spoke with The New York Times about his health and history of addiction.

Van Ness also opens up in his memoir about having been abused by an older boy at a young age, which "planted the seed for other self-destructive behaviors", according to the Times.

He said one of the reasons he hadn't been able to be as open is because people only want to see his happy side.


After, he went to planned parenthood to get tested and it was positive - he had HIV. Van Ness completed two stints in rehab but relapsed just as many times.

"That doesn't mean Queer Eye is less valid, but I want people to realize you're never too broken to be fixed".

(L-R) Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Karamo Brown at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Day 1 Press Room held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

And when he turned 25, Van Ness fainted in a salon while highlighting a client's hair.

In June, Van Ness dug deeper into his identity, describing himself as "non-binary" and "genderqueer." "And then I was like, 'The Trump administration has done everything they can do to have the stigmatization of the L.G.B.T. community thrive around me, '" he said in the interview.

Eventually going to the University of Arizona in Tuscon a year early, Van Ness started blowing through his $200 monthly allowance for cocaine.

How to get help: In the US, call the RAINN National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

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