The Austrian singer Conchita Wurst, at a cultural festival in Vienna on May 9, 2017
The Austrian transvestite Conchita Wurst, who won the Eurovision contest in 2014 dressed as a woman and with a beard, revealed on Sunday night to be HIV-positive.
„The day came to free me for the rest of my life from a Damocles sword: I am HIV positive,“ explained the 29-year-old bearded diva on her Instagram page.
„This has no interest for public opinion but an examination threatens me to publicly reveal this personal information (…) I do not give anyone the right to influence my life like this,“ he added.
Conchita Wurst, who after winning the contest became an icon of the homosexual cause in the world, added „hope to give courage and make a new gesture against the stigmatization of people“ with HIV.
Conchita, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, said his family knows „from the first day“ his serpositividad.
„I am in good health and I am stronger, more motivated and more liberated than ever,“ he said, specifying that he contracted the virus „for several years and that is below the threshold of detection.“