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‘I’m so much more than that diagnosis’: Billy Porter opens up for first time about HIV

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Jiya Saini
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51-year-old Emmy winner, American actor Billy Porter for the first time told about the difficult part of his life. The “Pose” star admitted that he is HIV-positive.

Porter said this in a candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Billy Porter didn’t tell anyone about his diagnosis in 2007. Even the actor’s mother didn’t know. The “Pose” star admits that that year was the worst for him. He was very ashamed of his diagnosis.

I have lived with that shame in silence for 14 years

Porter said.

It all started with a pimple, which bothered the actor. Billy went to the hospital and was asked to take an HIV test. That’s when the doctor said that the test was positive.

The actor continued to build his career and continued to hide the disease because he understood that if “the wrong people” found out about it, it would be another reason for discrimination. And there are enough of them.

Now the actor feels healthier than ever. He took a course with a psychologist and got rid of this stigma. Porter realizes that his diagnosis will haunt him for a long time, but he has learned to cope with it.

I’m so much more than that diagnosis. And if you don’t want to work with me because of my status, you’re not worthy of me

says Billy Porter.

Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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