Moneycontrol

Budget 2023Budget 2023

PARTNERS

  • Tata AIA Life Insurance
  • Hafele
  • Motilal Oswal
  • SMC Global Securities Limited
  • SBI Life
  • DSP Mutual Fund
Upcoming Event : LeapToUnicorn - mentoring, networking and fundraising for startups. Register now
Budget 2023
Budget 2023
you are here: HomeNewsTrends

World AIDS Day 2021: From Freddie Mercury to Charlie Sheen, celebrities who battled HIV

World AIDS Day 2021: Over the years, celebrities diagnosed with HIV have become more open to sharing their journey with their fans and well-wishers to spread awareness about AIDS.

December 01, 2021 / 02:52 PM IST
World AIDS Day 2021: Freddy Mercury and Charlie Sheen are among the celebrities who were diagnosed with HIV. (Image credit: Pinterest and Reuters)

World AIDS Day 2021: Freddy Mercury and Charlie Sheen are among the celebrities who were diagnosed with HIV. (Image credit: Pinterest and Reuters)

The late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury — who was diagnosed with HIV — refused to publicly acknowledge his condition due to the stigma attached with it until November 23, 1991. He had died from AIDS-related complications the next day.

On November 23, Freddie released a statement to the media confirming speculation that he had tested positive for the disease. “Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have Aids,” read Mercury’s statement.

“I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors, and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease.”

It's been 30 years since and now celebrities across the world are more comfortable sharing their diagnosis and the journey with their fans and well-wishers.