Thomas Neuwirth, the Austrian singer starlet (and Eurovision winner) known under his pseudonym “Conchita Wurst”, has informed the public that “since many years” he is HIV-positive. With this coming out, he is reacting to a blackmail by one of his sodomite “ex-friends”, choosing to make the fact known before the blackmailer did. Once again we are catching a rather nasty glimpse of what “friendship” must be like in the LGBT community.
While any attempt at blackmailing must be firmly rejected, it nevertheless should be noted that in Neuwirth’s case there is a legitimate interest of the wider public to be informed. Being a carrier of HIV-infection may be an entirely private matter for everyone else, but it is not in the case of Conchita, given that he/she is publicly promoting and advertising the very lifestyle that carries an extremely high risk of HIV-infection.
Not that in itself Mr. Neuwirth’s HIV-infection had any claim to newsworthiness. In fact, who would ever have expected otherwise? But it is intellectually dishonest and grossly irresponsible to promote the LGBT-lifestyle and keep silent about the risks and consequences. Therefore it is good that the illusion that sodomy is risk-free and “normal” has once again – just as in so many other cases – been debunked.
Neuwirth hastes to reassure the public that thanks to the treatment he is receiving, he has a very low prevalence of HIV in his blood, “nearly below the threshold of detectability”. Apparently he is still on the lookout for persons to have sex with. If anyone catches the infection, the public health system is expected to take care.