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Honey Boo Boo’s “Uncle Poodle” seeks to promote anti-bullying and safer sex messages in schools since he has recently been diagnosed HIV positive.
Lee Thompson, who goes by the nickname “Uncle Poodle” on the TLC reality TV show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, confirmed to Fenuxe on Thursday that despite consistent testing, he found out he is HIV positive this past May.
“I was adamant about getting my HIV status checked on a regular basis. On March 16, 2012, I tested negative. Then, in May of 2012 my test results came back positive. I knew it had been my boyfriend who infected me. I later learned he had been HIV positive and was not taking medication and had not bothered to tell me about it.”
Moreover, Thompson was advised to press charges based on his boyfriend’s deception. He reluctantly followed through, and his boyfriend – now ex- is serving a five-year jail sentence.
What bothered Thompson most were the lies, not the disease itself.
“I would have been cool with his HIV status if he had been honest. I don’t have an issue with the disease. I would have known how to protect myself,” he told Fenuxe.
Now, Thompson plans to use his celebrity status to be a role model, speaking at schools about his experiences of growing up gay in the South, where he was not readily accepted by peers.
“I can help and I want to. I came out in school around 11th or 12th grade. It was definitely not easy for me. On a daily basis I was bullied in one way or another. There was name calling and physical harm all the way to the vandalizing of my car. Being bullied was just a part of my every day.”
His best advice is to seek comfort from parents or a trusted adult when the time is right. Thompson is even in discussions for his own TV show where he will be able to offer support to a wider audience.
These aren’t the first profound statements he has made concerning his sexuality. Thompson is very proud of being both gay and a redneck.
According to GA Voice, he revealed, “If you want people to accept you, you have to show you don’t have a problem with yourself and just be up front about who you are. If you do, you earn people’s respect. I know this is how I was born and I don’t need to explain it to anybody. I live my life for who I am.”
Thompson married his long-time boyfriend Josh this past August.