Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’s Uncle Poodle reveals he’s HIV positive

Alana's Uncle Poodle from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

Lee Thompson, more commonly known as Uncle Poodle from the hit show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, has tested HIV positive. Alana Thompson’s openly gay uncle revealed this news and more in a recent candid interview with Fenuxe, an Atlanta-based bi-weekly publication written for the gay community.

Along with receiving the difficult news of being HIV positive, Thompson discussed how it was his boyfriend who infected him and how this led him, reluctantly, to press charges.

Fenuxe: Lee, when did you find out about your HIV status?

Lee: I was adamant about getting my HIV status checked on a regular basis. On March 16, 2012, I tested negative. Then, in May of 2012 my test results came back positive. I knew it had been my boyfriend who infected me. I later learned he had been HIV positive and was not taking medication and had not bothered to tell me about it. I was advised that I should press charges and, hesitantly, I did. It was the right thing to do.

Fenuxe: What happened to your ex?

Lee: He is serving a 5-year sentence. I would have been cool with his HIV status if he had been honest. I don’t have an issue with the disease. I would have known how to protect myself.

In addition to this information Lee, the brother of Alana’s father Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, shared his opinions on the dangers of having unprotected sex as well as his own discovery of his sexuality. He said:

I came out in school around 11th or 12th grade. It was definitely not easy for me. On a daily basis I was bullied in one way or another. There was name calling and physical harm all the way to the vandalizing of my car. Being bullied was just a part of my every day.

We encourage you to check out the rest of the interview at Fenuxe to find out Lee’s plans for the future and his advice to those who are realizing they may be gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender.

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  • amberc88

    I love uncle poodle! this is sad to hear!

  • tiff

    so sad :(

  • Katelyn421

    So sad to hear this. HIV is a horrible disease, and I feel bad for people who are judged for having it.
    Uncle Poodle has a long journey ahead of him and I wish him the best.

    • Courtney

      So sad, he seems like a really great guy. That’s even worse that he was betrayed and given this disease by someone he loved and trusted! Good for him for pressing charges. Five years is not a long enough sentence, he will just get out and so it again because he already proved he doesn’t care about others, EVEN the ones he loves. Poodle’s ex and ALL people who commit this crime should get life in jail to #1 protect others and #2 because he gave someone a death sentence. Just because the victim doesn’t die right away like murder, they still infected someone with a fatal disease that will forever change their life and probably cause a slower more painful death! Five years for KNOWINGLY infecting someone with AIDS or HIV is RIDICULOUS and unacceptable. Give the a-holes LIFE in prison w/ no possibility of parole!!!!!!!!

      • Me

        HIV isn’t a death sentence provided you take medication. In fact, it’s exceedingly rare to die from HIV/aids while on anti-retroviral therapy. With that said, the side effects to the drugs are severe and have an impact on life expectancy and quality of life. The guy who infected him is pretty evil. But it’s still wrong to scare people into believing that HIV is a death sentence – it’s not. There’s a lot of hope.

  • Allison

    That’s sad news for everybody.

  • Anon

    That is an exceedingly common story here in Atlanta. Gay, HIV+ men who don’t take medication to reduce their viral load and who don’t tell anyone they are positive and who have unprotected sex.

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