In an interview, 29-year-old Lee Thompson, the uncle of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Alana Thompson, revealed he has tested positive for HIV. “I was adamant about getting my HIV status checked on a regular basis,” Thompson told Fenuxe. “On March 16, 2012, I tested negative. Then, in May of 2012 my test results came back positive.”
The results came as a surprise to Thompson who learned he had been infected by his ex-boyfriend. The man had failed to disclose his status. “I was advised that I should press charges,” said Thompson, “And, hesitantly, I did. It was the right thing to do.”
Following the revelation of his positive status, Thompson sees potential to help others by promoting safer sex practices and continuing to bravely combat bullying. “I know what it is like to be bullied. I know what it is like to live with HIV,” he says. “I can help and I want to.”
Read the full interview here.