Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors, and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. Please understand this policy will continue.
"A lot of questions, fears and doubts pop up whenever one has engaged in a high-risk sexual activity. The best way to deal with these questions and doubts is to find out if you had contracted any disease or infection, Through a test, you can find out your sexual health status and take the necessary steps to further take care of yourself.
Understandably, one of the major concerns in taking the test is regarding the confidentiality of the test, procedure and results. Remember that all information is kept strictly confidential and that it is your right to demand for confidentiality regardless of the results. Use your right wisely.
Another right that you have is the right to seek for PROPER AND QUALIFIED COUNSELING before and after the test itself. Through counseling you can receive answers to nagging questions and even allay some fears.
By seeking a counselor, you are better prepared physically and emotionally in taking the test as well as facing the results. They can help you understand HIV and AIDS as well as provide you with the necessary information to help prevent and protect yourself and others from infection.
Such a life-changing test and its results must not be taken lightly, take the time to talk to a counselor and exhaust all your queries, fears and insecurities before agreeing to take the test. This way, you fully understand and are prepared for the test, its results and the changes in your life that it may bring. Remember that while the test provides the answers regarding your health, only a proper counseling session can help you with the other questions about life and HIV.
The following centers and sites provide the necessary testing in strict confidence of any and all information."