LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27 (UPI) — Former child star Danny Pintauro revealed on Saturday’s edition of Oprah: Where Are They Now? that he has been HIV positive for 12 years.
“I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn’t ready. I’m ready now,” Pintauro told Winfrey.
Actor Danny Pintauro poses for photographers at the Project Angel Food’s 11th annual Angel Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 21, 2004. Photo by Francis Specker/UPIPintauro this weekend revealed he is HIV positive.
Pintauro told People magazine he is opening up about his own experiences of having casual sex while using crystal meth because he wants to raise awareness about how the practice is negatively affecting the gay community.
“I am speaking out because I want everyone who continues to ‘tweak’ and party to know that it is not worth the price,” Pintauro told the magazine. “I want my community to wake up, stop being complacent and start taking care of each other. We need to be the best we can — safe and healthy.”