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Broadway star Hernando Umana reveals he is living with HIV

The actor has starred in a number of shows including 'Kinky Boots' and 'School of Rock'

2018-08-23

Broadway star Hernando Umana has revealed he is living with HIV.

The actor – who has starred in a number of shows including Kinky Boots and School of Rock – took to Instagram this week to reveal his story of being diagnosed with the virus when he was just 20.

He goes on to explain how educated he was about the virus and even asked the doctor how long he had left to live.

 

::takes deep breath:: This is by far the most important, scary, liberating post of my life. Here we go- 10 years ago, at a young young age of 20, I was diagnosed with HIV. I’ll never forget the moment they told me. It wasn’t possible- I had only slept with 3 people in my life! This can’t be true. The first words out of my mouth were “how long do I have to live?” That’s how uneducated I was about it. It had been drilled in my head that gay people get HIV because of wrong doings and they deservingly die from it. Well I’m here to shut that shit down. There is NOTHING wrong with me and I am healthier than I’ve ever been. In the last 10 years I’ve met countless of HIV positive men. Some of these men are so affected by the stigma that they don’t tell a soul about their status, even go as far as not taking their medication. In our extremely privileged community the stigma is more dangerous than the disease. We still have a lot of fighting to do for the people who don’t have the privilege of cost affective medication. So I stand on the shoulders of people like @staleypr who risked his life for us. I stand on the shoulders of the millions of people who had to suffer and die from this disease. I stand on the shoulders of the gay men who were forced out of the closet in such a scary time. These men and woman fought and died to get to where we’re at now- To take a pill at night and never have to worry about dying. To get the disease to a point where it is IMPOSSIBLE to transmit (undetectable).How can I be ashamed of this? I honor their legacy by telling my story. So let’s talk about it. Let’s ask questions. Take your prep. Use condoms. Be SAFE. Let’s end this stigma forever and eventually end HIV forever! To those who have questions- don’t feel dumb asking anything about it. It’s not your fault there’s such a lack of education out there. To those who are afraid to talk about their status- you’ve got at least one guy right here :) you are LOVED. You are BEAUTIFUL and there is nothing wrong with you. I, Hernando Umana, am a proud gay man LIVING with HIV. Fuck that feels good to say. #actup #fightthestigma #endthestigma #hiv #broadway #bcefa #mytruth

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In the post, he wrote: “This is by far the most important, scary, liberating post of my life. Here we go- 10 years ago, at a young young age of 20, I was diagnosed with HIV.

“I’ll never forget the moment they told me. It wasn’t possible- I had only slept with 3 people in my life!

“This can’t be true. The first words out of my mouth were “how long do I have to live?” That’s how uneducated I was about it.

“It had been drilled in my head that gay people get HIV because of wrong doings and they deservingly die from it.

“Well I’m here to shut that shit down. There is NOTHING wrong with me and I am healthier than I’ve ever been. In the last 10 years I’ve met countless of HIV positive men.

“Some of these men are so affected by the stigma that they don’t tell a soul about their status, even go as far as not taking their medication.

“In our extremely privileged community the stigma is more dangerous than the disease. We still have a lot of fighting to do for the people who don’t have the privilege of cost affective medication.

“So I stand on the shoulders of people like @staleypr who risked his life for us. I stand on the shoulders of the millions of people who had to suffer and die from this disease.

“I stand on the shoulders of the gay men who were forced out of the closet in such a scary time. These men and woman fought and died to get to where we’re at now- To take a pill at night and never have to worry about dying.

 

All T All SHADE. #losangeles #dogdaddy

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“To get the disease to a point where it is IMPOSSIBLE to transmit (undetectable).How can I be ashamed of this? I honor their legacy by telling my story.”#

Umana then goes on to urge people to end the stigma around HIV and for people not to be ashamed to ask questions.

“So let’s talk about it. Let’s ask questions,” he added. “Take your prep. Use condoms. Be SAFE. Let’s end this stigma forever and eventually end HIV forever!

“To those who have questions- don’t feel dumb asking anything about it. It’s not your fault there’s such a lack of education out there.

“To those who are afraid to talk about their status- you’ve got at least one guy right here :) you are LOVED.

“You are BEAUTIFUL and there is nothing wrong with you. I, Hernando Umana, am a proud gay man LIVING with HIV. Fuck that feels good to say.”

 

Mornings #la

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