Ross Mathews Gets Real About HIV Testing: WATCH

Ross Mathews is known for his bubbly personality, but there’s times when even he gets serious—like with HIV awareness. “When I saw  the stats that 63 percent of new cases of HIV were gay men it really bothered me,” he tells NewNowNext. “We should know—we’ve been exposed to the messaging more than any other community.”

Mathews, host of E!’s Hello Ross, has teamed up with OraQuick to get the word out about the company’s fast, safe and reliable home HIV testing. “People tell me ’I don’t wanna get tested—it’s scary. I don’t wanna go to the doctor’s office with the needle, and the blood and the waiting,'” he explains. “But you have to know your status.”

One reliable way to do that is with the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test —theres no needle, just a swab, and in 20 minutes you’ll know your status. Says Ross, “It’s 20 minutes! Turn on Hello Ross, turn on Logo—you’ll know before the show is over!”


Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.