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


Pedro Zamora

Pedro Zamora

Pedro Zamora gained fame as a cast member on the third season of MTV's The Real World in 1994. Having worked as an AIDS educator following his diagnosis in 1989, he viewed The Real World as a unique opportunity to educate on a mass scale. His appearance on the show had a major impact in raising social consciousness about AIDS, particularly among young people.

Zamora grew ill as the season as wore on and was hospitalized with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) just a few months after shooting wrapped. He died at the age of 22 in November 1994, one day after the final episode aired. His impact has lived on through numerous charities formed in his name.

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