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Danny Pintauro Reveals HIV-Positive Status and His Mission to Become a 'Beacon of Light' in the Gay Community
By SP_COP on September 27, 2015 | From
Danny Pintauro Reveals HIV-Positive Status and His Mission to Become a 'Beacon of Light' in the Gay Community Danny Pintauro is no longer burdened by several long-held secrets.

While appearing on Saturday's episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?, the Who's the Boss? alum revealed his own experiences mixing *** and crystal meth as a means of launching a campaign to raise awareness about the problem in the gay community and to stop what he believes is an oncoming epidemic.

But the biggest bombshell of the night came when Pintauro revealed that he is HIV-positive.

"I am speaking out because I want everyone who continues to 'tweak' and party to know that it is not worth the price," Pintauro tells PEOPLE. "I want my community to wake up, stop being complacent and start taking care of each other. We need to be the best we can – safe and healthy."

Pintauro's experimentation with meth began after he ended a two-year relationship and wanted to pursue facets of his sexuality that had previously "terrified" him. For him – as for many members of the gay community – it was an easy, if dangerous, fix.

"You suddenly lose all your inhibitions, you have no limits, you have no boundaries, you feel invincible. You feel incredibly heightened when it comes to your sexuality, and everything sounds and feels exciting to you. In that subculture of BDSM and bondage, it makes sense that a drug like that would go hand in hand with testing your limits and trying new things and getting dark and dirty and sexy and all of that," says the former child star, 39. "So unfortunately those lifestyles have gotten intertwined, and that's exactly how I got into it in the first place."...
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NAMES: Danny Pintauro, Oprah Winfrey
TAGS: American actors, beacon, gay, HIV, HIV positive, mission, reveal
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