Eurovision star Conchita Wurst reveals HIV diagnosis

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst goes public with HIV diagnosis

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst goes public with HIV diagnosis

The Eurovision victor made the decision after an ex-boyfriend threatened to go public with her status.

"Since I received the diagnosis, I have been in medical treatment, and for many years without interruption I have been below the detection limit, which means I am unable to transmit the virus", Wurst said on Instagram.

"I did not want to go public with it for a couple of reasons so far, I just want to mention two of them here: The most important one was my family, which has known and supported me unconditionally since day one".

She continues: "Secondly, it is an information that I believe is mainly relevant to those people with whom sexual contact is an option".

"Coming out is better than being outed by someone else".

"To my fans: the information about my HIV status may be new to you - my status is not!"

The Austrian drag queen, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, said on Instagram late Sunday she had been blackmailed by a former friend who wanted to publish the information and chose to come out herself with it before he did. I'm well and I'm stronger, more motivated and liberated than ever.

Ian Green, chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said: "The decision to talk openly about your HIV status should be a personal one and not taken away or ever, ever used as a threat". What other health condition would be used as blackmail against someone? The Life Ball is a charity gala to raise money for people living with HIV and AIDS.

"Conchita has done so much good since winning Eurovision four years ago, and has shown her strength of character once again in her handling of this situation".