Lee Thomson, best known as Uncle Poodle from Honey Boo Boo, has publically admitted he’s HIV positive. The openly gay brother of Sugar Bear opened up about the devastating news to a local Atlanta magazine, but if his words are any indication, he’s going to try and be as positive about his situation as possible.

Speaking to Fenuxe, Thomson revealed that he was infected by his now ex-boyfriend early in 2012. After the bad news, he apparently confronted the guy and found out he knew he was HIV positive and wasn’t telling anyone or doing anything about it. In response, local authorities advised Thomson to press charges and he ultimately did. The former lover has since been jailed and will remain there for the next five years.

Moving forward, Uncle Poodle would like to work on anti-bullying and HIV awareness campaigns. Here’s what he had to say about those goals…
”I know what it is like to be bullied. I know what it is like to live with HIV. I can help and I want to.”

HIV might have been a quick death sentence back in the day, but with modern medications, diligence and a willingness to fight, those who are infected can not only survive for decades, they can truly thrive.

Pop Blend’s sincerest well wishes go out to Uncle Poodle, as well as everyone else from Honey Boo Boo’s clan.



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