Who’s the Boss? star Danny Pintauro reveals he’s HIV-positive

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‘Who’s the Boss?’ star Danny Pintauro is HIV positive.

During an emotional interview with Oprah Winfrey for Oprah: Where Are They Now, former Who’s the Boss? child star Danny Pintauro revealed that he’s been HIV-positive for the last 12 years. “I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn’t ready.

Unlike countless other child stars who crash and burn before they can legally drink, the 27-year-old man who once played the tow-headed child sprite Jonathan on “Who’s the Boss?” was not dead or in jail. It’s not something that people are talking about right now really,” Pintauro, 39, said. “I missed the opportunity to be a beacon of light for gay kids who were going through what I was going through because I was outed – it wasn’t by choice,” he said. I should just give up on trying to find someone.”‘ ‘If you’re paying any bit of attention, you realize that HIV isn’t a death sentence anymore,’ Pintauro said. ‘You can live a healthy life, you can have a happy life. ‘For me, HIV is the new closet in the sense that, until we all come out of the HIV closet and start talking about it… we [won’t become] more accepted… I feel like in the gay community, we’ve been spending so much energy trying to become socially acceptable and so much energy trying to make marriage happen – which I think are 100 per cent important – and, in doing that, we’ve forgotten about taking care of each other a little bit.’

But after graduating Stanford University and heading to New York, he was a bit adrift. “So as soon as I got to New York all that stopped and I suddenly went, ‘Who am I?’” he said in 2004. “I had no idea. It was during this time period that he contracted HIV. “I was experimenting,” Pintauro told Winfrey. “And believe it or not, I thought that I was being safe in that encounter. We’re very separate people.” Work wasn’t necessarily the problem — Pintauro has been performing on-and-off since he finished college, even if only in modest productions of “Shear Madness.” Perhaps surprisingly, his sexuality wasn’t an issue either.

I know exactly when it happened.” Pintauro received his diagnosis in March of 2003. “It’s a weird combination of feelings,” he told Winfrey. “There’s this awful feeling of, ‘I’m never going to be able to have a good relationship. Pintauro came out “before everybody,” he said, way back in 1997 after a tabloid threatened to do the job for him — and TV mom Judith Light advised him to come clean.

That moment of, ‘Oh God, I’m now going to have to have that conversation every time I meet someone.’” And he did: “My husband, our first date, we hadn’t even kissed, it was the first thing I told him,” Pintauro said. “The first thing he said was, ‘I’m not scared of it at all.’” Pintauro and Will Tabares were married in 2014. This is what led the young man, whose character used to confide in Light and Tony Danza on national television, to crystal meth — and, as Pintauro told Oprah Winfrey in a dramatic interview aired over the weekend, an HIV diagnosis. “I went in for a regular checkup,” he said. “You know, as a responsible gay man, you’re getting an HIV test done every six months ….

And if you want to explore that adventurous side, taking the drug is going to put you there.” But after his diagnosis, Pintauro said he got more responsible.

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