Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness has spoken out over misleading claims he feared being more at risk of catching coronavirus due to his HIV diagnosis.
The Netflix star spoke out on Twitter after a news article claimed he was ‘nervous’ about being HIV positive during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jonathan, 33, stated: ‘There is no evidence that people who are HIV+ and undetectable are more at risk of Covid-19.
‘I said that for folks living with any chronic illness I think a pandemic is going to make you more nervous, myself included. This quote is misleading.’
The comment has been taken from the star’s cover story shoot for the December Issue of Self Magazine.
In the magazine, the star explained how his privilege of being a public figure with a steady salary was helping to keep him safe during the global pandemic.
The star – who takes antiretrovirals to control the human immunodeficiency virus (the virus that causes AIDS or acquired immune deficiency syndrome) – explained that lack of access to the drug for other underprivileged people living with HIV was a key issue.
He told Self: ‘There are not enough resources in the HIV social safety net anywhere. And when it comes to Black people, Black women, people of color, the assault on Planned Parenthood—there isn’t enough access anywhere.’
We need a comprehensive federal program to provide testing, treatment & medication for all people living with HIV/AIDS. We have come a long way in the fight against HIV/AIDS but there is so much work left to be done.
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) December 1, 2020
The star also added that his access to a private doctor with private health insurance was also a privilege as he explained: ‘And the access and the care that we do have, you constantly have to fight for it.
‘If you turn your back for even one second, those budgets are f***ing slashed and the access isn’t there.
Tuesday morning also saw Jonathan tweet a thread for World AIDS Day in which he reitirated the importance of access to antiretrovirals.
Credit: Original article published here.