Drag star Courtney act had relationships with a man who had HIV


The Celebrity Big Brother winner and former RuPaul’s Drag Race star opened up about the issue as part of a New Zealand AIDS Foundation campaign. She stated that this issue was personal for her because she once had an HIV+ beloved. He has an undetectable viral load so I know first-hand how this can affect people in a serodiscordant couple – which is where one partner is HIV-negative and one is HIV-positive. It was great to know he could have much better health in the long-run and that scientific evidence shows he was unable to pass on HIV on to me, even without condoms. We live in a fear-based world where HIV stigma can prevail, but armed with science and facts I was able to break down the stigma in my own mind and be in a happy and healthy relationship with my partner,” said Courtney, adding that people with HIV should know that not all of them are transmitters of the virus, especially if they don’t ignore regular and appropriate medical treatment. This issue should be treated very seriously, but it is not the end of life, she ensures. The New Zealand AIDS Foundation explains: “When copies of HIV cannot be detected by standard viral load tests, a person living with HIV is said to have an ‘undetectable viral load. ’Most people diagnosed with HIV will be able to achieve an undetectable viral load. Chances increase with an early diagnosis, which is why regular testing for HIV is important. The main benefit of an undetectable viral load is better quality of life and long-term health outcomes for people living with HIV.”


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