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

November 17, 2015


Danny Pintauro

Danny Pintauro

In September 2015, then-39-year-old Danny Pintauro, a child star in the 1980s and early '90s, publicly disclosed that he had been living with HIV for 12 years.

Once known for playing precocious towhead Jonathan Bower on the U.S. sitcom Who's the Boss?, Pintauro's subsequent interview on The View, hosted by two other former child stars, was deemed "problematic" by mainstream media and HIV activists alike for its unchecked stigmatizing commentary and moralizing, and its lack of grounding in current science about HIV.

Pintauro has since teamed with HIV Equal to combat stigma; activists have also offered thoughtful suggestions as to how Pintauro can more effectively use his platform for advocacy.

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