Danny Pintauro Reveals He is HIV-Positive
Actor Danny Pintauro will always be remembered as the cute blond-haired Jonathan in the 80s hit sitcom Who’s the Boss? He is now under the spotlight again after his latest stint in the Oprah: Where Are They Now? where Danny Pintauro reveals he is HIV-positive. According to Pintauro, he has been keeping the secret since 2003. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the actor said “I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn’t ready. I’m ready now. I’m HIV-positive, and I have been for 12 years.”
When asked why it took him that long to keep the secret, “It’s just a big deal, you know?” he said. “It’s not something that people are really talking about right now.” In the same interview, Danny Pintauro recalled how his world changed in March of 2003. “I was living in New York at the time and completely clueless to the idea that I was positive,” he said. “I went in for a regular checkup. It was just regular blood work. You go in, and you sort of waited two weeks on pins and needles — or at least I did, because I was just terrified of the idea of getting HIV.”
He recalled that he was just fresh out of a two-year relationship. And in his search for sexual adventure, he started to use crystal meth. “I was doing crystal meth, which completely ruins your immune system. I’d been doing it at that point very briefly, but it was three weeks or so, off and on,” he revealed. “I was experimenting. “ “And believe it or not, I thought that I was being safe in that encounter. I know exactly when it happened,” he said. Without going into more detail of what happened, Pintauro just said that he cannot even remember the name of the man who, as it turned out, has changed his whole life.