Honey Boo Boo’s Uncle Poodle has been diagnosed with HIV, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton reported.
Alana Thompson’s uncle, whose real name is Lee Thompson, revealed he discovered he was HIV-positive during an interview with Atlanta magazine Fenuxe.
The openly gay uncle, a self-described “queer redneck,” sat down with the magazine to explain the importance of safer sex after he found out in May 2012 that he was infected with the life-threatening disease.
Sadly, Thompson had been tested in March 2012 with negative results but a mere two months later he got a positive diagnosis. Even worse, it was his boyfriend that infected him, he says.
"I was adamant about getting my HIV status checked on a regular basis," the TLC star said. "On March 16, 2012, I tested negative. Then, in May of 2012, my test results came back positive. I knew it had been my boyfriend who infected me. I later learned he had been HIV-positive and was not taking medication and had not bothered to tell me about it."
Thompson revealed that he was advised to press charges against his former lover, which he did, but “hesitantly.” Now the man is serving a five-year sentence in jail for that crime.
"I would have been cool with his HIV status if he had been honest," Uncle Poodle told Fenuxe. "I don't have an issue with the disease. I would have known how to protect myself."
He said that people who don’t use protection, regardless of sexual orientation, “are damn fools.”
"They are playing Russian roulette; they are playing with their lives and that of their sexual partners,” Thompson continued.
But Thompson is making the best of it and hopes gay youth can come to terms with themselves:
“My advice is to seek out their parents or an adult they trust. I would not advise them to go public or share the information with their schools until they feel safe and comfortable. They will know when the time is right. I want to have my own television show and highlight what it is like being gay in the South. I think I have a good story to tell.”