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Conchita Wurst's HIV diagnosis is a 'non-issue'

May 13, 2018 7:58 AM
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According to Courtney Act, Conchita Wurst's HIV diagnosis is a "non-issue".

The 36-year-old drag queen is a long-time friend of the Austrian singer, who recently revealed she's HIV-positive, but Courtney has insisted her pal has come to terms with her situation.

Courtney told BANG Showbiz: "It's something that's she's been living with for years, and has been a non-issue for Conchita.

"Now she's put a public face on such a private issue and it's really important for a lot of people out there who are either living with HIV and suffering from the stigma surrounding it. And the rest of the population may not have a real understanding of what living with HIV is, it's 2018 and I know because I live inside a community that is educated about it and I educate myself about it.

"However, I think the wider community may not know that HIV-positive people are living full and healthy lives because of the wonders of modern science."

Courtney said that Conchita's decision to go public with her diagnosis is a "great thing".

Courtney explained: "I'm sure there are plenty of people in Conchita's audience who are gay men in the gay scene who are more savvy about HIV than the wider population.

"But are a lot of Conchita's audience is the wider population and Conchita's giving them the facts about living with HIV and it's a great thing that she's done."

Meanwhile, Courtney has also revealed how she became friends with Conchita in the first instance.

She recalled: "We met a festival in Vienna about three or four years ago and we just sort of clicked and we've worked together a few times.

"I sang with Conchita when she did a show with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Opera House, and we performed at Mardi Gras together in Sydney. She's very talented and great fun."


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