There are over 30 million people in the world living with the HIV virus, and celebrities such as Pedro Zamor, Koyo Bala and Eazy-E have used their celebrity status to raise awareness and de-stigmatize the disease by bringing the topic into the mainstream. In honor of World AIDS Day, we look back at past celebrities who have lived with HIV/AIDS
BELOW ARE CELEBRITIES WHO LIVE POSITIVELY WITH HIV
1. Koyo Bala
Bala publicly announced his HIV status in a 2011 interview with DRUM magazine. Bala, who was diagnosed in 2010, told the magazine he is HIV-positive. He added as a celebrity and someone who is openly gay, it is important to come out. Bala said he wanted to use his bubbly personality to help those struggling to come to terms with their status and instil a sense of hope. He died in 2015, not from the virus, but cancer.