» Danny Pintauro Reveals To Oprah That He Is HIV Positive For 12 Years Now
Danny Pintauro Reveals To Oprah That He Is HIV Positive For 12 Years Now
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Former child actor Danny Pintauro, who played Jonathan on
popular sitcom "Who's the Boss?", has revealed on Oprah
Winfrey's recent show that he is HIV positive.
Pintauro, told talk show queen Oprah Winfrey during Saturday's
episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" that he was diagnosed with
the virus in 2003 but awaited until now to go public with the news,
"I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn't ready -
I'm ready now - that I'm HIV positive, and I have been for 12
years. It's just a big deal. It's not something that people are
talking about right now really," Pintauro, 39, said.
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Pintauro, who came out as gay in 1997, explained that he had
been forced out at the time by a tabloid magazine reporter.
He said he is now hoping to serve as a role model for those with
"I missed the opportunity to be a beacon of light for gay kids
who were going through what I was going through because I was outed
- it wasn't by choice," he said.
Pintauro explained that he was initially worried that the
diagnosis would mean that he would have trouble starting a romantic
In 2014, Pintauro married Wil Tabares, whom he met after his