Danny Pintauro is best known for his eight-year run as Jonathan Bower on television's Who's The Boss? Danny began his professional career at the age of 2 as a model and commercial actor; at age 3 he began a five-year contract role on CBS-TV's daytime drama, As the World Turns, which was followed by his acclaimed film debut as Tad in Stephen King's Cujo.
Recent revelations on OWN's Where Are They Now show have led to a new path as activist for Danny. Coming out publicly with Oprah about being HIV positive and having battled a meth problem earned him the "Courage Award" from Whitman Walker Health, the "My Hero Award" from AID for AIDS and soon the "Steve Chase Humanitarian Award" from the Desert AIDS Project. Stay tuned to his blog as he writes about his year-long activism venture called "The Beacon of Light Tour."
Latest by Danny Pintauro
Helping Other HIV-Positive People Be Less Afraid, Less Ashamed and Less Lonely: Part 1 of the Nic Holas Interview -- A Blog Entry by Danny Pintauro
As he explores new strategies for organizing around gay men, HIV and meth use, Pintauro talks with Nic Holas, founder of Australia’s The Institute of Many (TIM) on making change happen.
Wizards of Poz, the Turning Tina Campaign and The Institute of Many (TIM): Part 2 of the Nic Holas Interview
Pintauro chats with TIM's Holas about the importance of harm reduction in rejecting stigma and opening up dialogue, and the positive reaction to their affirming programs.
"I was expecting to hear from a lot of people who have come through meth or are still grappling with meth," Danny writes. "What I wasn't expecting is just how many have meth and HIV in the same sentence.
"I want to make the stigma surrounding HIV go away by helping people come out of the HIV closet," Danny writes. "The more people who come out as positive, the bigger the impact we can have socially which inherently reduces the stigma."