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Fame and HIV: 15 of History's Biggest HIV-Positive Celebrities


Gia Carangi

Gia Carangi

Gia was a world-famous fashion model in the '70s and '80s. She was among the most sought-after models of her time and graced the cover of such magazines as Vogue and Cosmopolitan. Her career was cut short in the early '80s after she developed a debilitating heroin addiction.

She was later diagnosed with AIDS and died of a related illness in 1986 at the age of 26. Her death was largely kept quiet; few in the fashion industry even knew of her passing, and her funeral service (which was held in a small funeral home) was modest.

Her story was eventually told in Gia, the aptly titled HBO biographical film starring Angelina Jolie.

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