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.