Thomas Neuwirth, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, as Conchita Wurst, announced he was H.I.V. that the threat of extortion encouraged him to publish the rapporteur.
In a statement published on the official account of Conchita Wurst Instagram on Sunday, Mr. Neuwirth said he was H.I.V. positive for “many years” and did not intend to publicly discuss the diagnosis.
“A former friend threatens me to be public with this private information,” wrote Mr. Neuwirth at Instagram, “and I will give no one the right to scare me and influence my life in the future.”
Conchita Wurst gained international attention
The spokesman said in an e-mail that Mr. Neuwirth was not available for further comments. He also clarified that Mr. Neuwirth’s preferred title is “she” for references to personality of the Conchita Wurst and “on” for a private individual, Mr. Neuwirth.
Conchita Wurst gained international attention in 2014 when she won the Eurovision Song Contest, representing Austria. In a golden-haired, golden beard she performed as “Rise Like a Phoenix,” a powerful ballad suitable for Bond’s initial credits and the best prize.
Since then, she has won an international gay icon that tours and appears on events around the world. In some parts of Eastern Europe, however, especially in Russia, she is seen by many as a symbol of western European decadence and decline
In his Instagram Declaration, Mr. Neuwirth said he was receiving H.I.V. for many years, and that its level of virus was now undetectable. H.I.V. drugs can be treated that reduce viral load to a level where the immune system is healthy and the patient can not pass the virus.
“I hope to show courage and to take another step against the stigmatization of people with H.I.V.”, he added.
Wolfgang Wilhelm, President of AIDS, Hilfe Wien, organization in Vienna, which organizes campaigns for people with H.I.V. and AIDS, said, “The fact that the trip from Conchita was caused by extortion shows how many people are still worried about discrimination and stigma.”
“Null discrimination is what the global H.I.V community is fighting,” he added. “It’s still one of the most ambitious targets.”