Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 8:25 AM ET

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National Audio 8:25 AM ET

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NAT086 - (Austria-Conchita-Wurst) (NOT FOR ONLINE USE) UNDATED. x-45s. Bearded diva Conchita Wurst says she's H-I-V-positive and has been living with the virus for many years. The Austrian drag queen who won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest said on Instagram late Sunday she had been blackmailed by a former friend who wanted to publish the information and decided to come out herself with it before he did. Conchita -- the alter ego of Thomas Neuwirth -- wrote that she has been receiving medical treatment for many years and that she is feeling healthy and strong. She says by coming forward, she hopes to quote -- "make a step against the stigmatization of people who through their own behaviour or through no fault of their own were infected with H-I-V. …

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