The list of famous people who have been open about their HIV diagnosis is a short one. Even among those known to us, most had their HIV status revealed either just before or after their deaths. While, sadly, many felt they had to hide their status, a few have used their influence to spread HIV awareness.
What follows is a slideshow of some of the most notable celebrities who are known to be living with or have died from HIV or AIDS. Some will be extremely familiar while others may surprise you.