RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Charity Kase was recognized for speaking publicly about her experience of living with HIV.
On the latest episode of the BBC Three show, the drag queen revealed that she contracted the disease when she was 18.
She said she went through a “really dark time” as a young adult.
“I moved to London when I was 17 and when I was 18 I had a good time and was there,” she said on BBC Three.
“But then I got HIV and it was really hard for me to come to terms with it when I was 18 and I was just a kid, you know what I mean?
“Six years later, I’m still living with the aftermath of that one night this guy took advantage of me.”
Kase said she received messages on dating apps saying you are sick, you are disgusting, stay away from me.
“The trauma of a positive diagnosis really comes from the stigma of HIV and it’s really sad that it does,” she added.
Deborah Gold, director of the National AIDS Trust charity, said, “I applaud Charity Kase’s decision to speak openly about HIV. “Raising awareness of the reality of HIV today is critical to tackling the stigma surrounding HIV and the information Charity shared tonight about RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will enlighten so many.”
She added, “While no one is required to speak openly about their status and it is not always an easy decision, the same stigma that makes it difficult to say you have HIV is a stigma that is gradual is degraded by the openness of the people and proud. Many thanks to Charity Kase. “
Ian Green, executive director of the Terrence Higgins Trust sexual health charity, said it was “incredible to see Charity Kase using their platform on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK to educate people around the world about HIV and show that a diagnosis is made You don’t have to stop ”. of life to the fullest “. Mr. Green added, “As Charity explains, we have made so much strides in the fight against HIV – including the fact that people who receive effective treatment cannot pass the virus on and can expect to live as long as everyone else others.
“However, public awareness of HIV has not kept pace with medical advances. Stigma and misunderstandings about the virus continue to stop progress and lead people to feel shame, fear, and fear of their diagnosis.
“They are an important reason why people with HIV are much more likely to have mental health problems than the general population.”
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