Editor's note

Hairdresser Jonathan Van Ness quickly became a fan-favourite when Queer Eye was rebooted for 2018 for his affable smile, his warm personality, and his passionate belief that every man deserves to experience self love.

Last weekend, in an intimate interview with the New York Times, Van Ness came out as HIV positive, and he has been surrounded with love and support. What was once a death sentence is now a manageable chronic health condition, as Van Ness attests. But there is still work to be done in lessening the stigma: one in three people living with HIV in Australia have almost no-one in their life who is aware of their status.

Van Ness’ bravery in coming out, and the way he has been received, shows us the way we understand HIV is changing. Hopefully, this is a step in making sure others feel they can come out and be supported too.

Jane Howard

Deputy Section Editor: Arts + Culture

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Johnathan Van Ness (far right) has won fans from his warm persona on Queer Eye. Christopher Smith/Netflix

‘The beautiful HIV-positive community’: Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness shines a spotlight on the changing face of HIV

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The Queer Eye star coming out as HIV positive and the changing face of HIV is an encouraging story about the way stigma is shifting. But we still have work to do.

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