Bearded diva Conchita Wurst has said she is HIV positive and has been living with the virus for many years.
Combatting the misconception that HIV is a death sentence, the singer said that she has been receiving treatment for the condition for many years without interruption.
The singer had meant to keep her diagnosis a private matter but chose to go public after an ex-boyfriend had threatened to go public.
She praised the "unconditional support" she had received from her family and added that sparing them the publicity was one reason she had not chosen to share the information before now.
"I would have gladly spared you the attention of the HIV status of your son, grandson and brother".
Wurst said that she did not go public with the information because it is only relevant to those she has sexual contact with.
"Coming out is better than being outed by a third party".
" I hope to show guts and take the following step contrary to the stigmatization of people with H.I.V.", he also added.
"To my fans: the information about my HIV status may be new to you - my status is not!"
Wolfgang Wilhelm, president of AIDS Hilfe Wien, an organization in Vienna that targets for individuals with H.I.V. and AIDS, explained, "The revival of Conchita has been due by blackmailing exhibits just how much men and women however fear stigma and discrimination. Thank you for your support!"
Wurst shot to fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with her song Rise Like A Phoenix and used her platform to campaign for gay rights.
Wurst has been supported by HIV groups, who hit out at the attempts to expose the star's HIV status.
'Threatening to reveal someone's HIV status, under any circumstances, is entirely wrong.
The 2014 Eurovision victor went on to say that the virus was no longer detectable in her blood and was not at risk of being passed on to anyone else. And we know this isn't something which only happens to those in the public eye.