George Michael's Flack: "It's Not AIDS!"

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I wish George Michael the best as he battles his terrible health problem.

The 48-year-old "I Want Your Sex" singer suffered agonizing chest pains and breathing difficulties in Vienna and was rushed to the hospital, where a doctor said George has "community-acquired pneumonia."

And then George's publicist promptly put out a statement saying that any other speculation about George's pneumonia is "unfounded and untrue."

In other words, he doesn't have ... you know what.

Isn't it nice that 30 years after AIDS rose up and was instantly stigmatized, it's still the illness that people so eagerly try to distance themselves from and without even saying its name?

"HIV" is a dirty word, even if you're a pop star who came out after having been busted for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public bathroom, later getting nabbed again for a similar deed in a park.

I'm not saying George has HIV. I have no idea.

I just feel his people should work on his health crisis rather than try to spin him away from what they perceive as bad press!



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ddressel352
ddressel352

Why is it every time a star that is gay and gets sick everyone yells aids!?

dannyat200
dannyat200

It's an opportunistic illness as a result of HIV/AIDS. That's what "Community-acquired pneumonia" means. Most people infected with HIV, will eventually develop AIDS and pneumonia is the one the will eventually kill the person.

Community-Inquirer
Community-Inquirer

Exactly what does"community-acquired pneumonia" mean?And when would people recognize that going against nature will only create more community-acquired problems?

Jamesterencewebb
Jamesterencewebb

How people choose to conduct themselves should not open them to brutal attacks from the press, having HIV is something that devastates a persons life, And due to remarks such as yours this is why people do not discuss their diagnosis. I have HIV and am gay however I was infected by being raped by a group of people, but that would not change anyones perception that i was putting it about . Straight men are the biggest infectors of the disease. I think George is an amazing artist and if he does or doesn't have HIV should not be anyones business.The druggies that cost our country millions each year are also one of the largest group that spread the virus.Leave people alone and try to have some compassion.

Shannon Macri
Shannon Macri

No matter what George has. I hope he recovers well. I've had pneumonia 2 times and I'm only 40. I'm healthy and it kicked my butt . The human body can weaken for no reason to catch pneumonia. Fluid in the lungs and not being able to breath is so terrible. I've had Viral pneumonia but George had his bout worse from what I read. Take care all.We all need to understand. Many people walk around with pneumonia and think they just have a flu bug. Listen to your body people. 

Cardiffgiant08
Cardiffgiant08

I dont care if he has aids. I dont sleep with him. Hope he doesnt though. He has one of the best voices ever.

Saša Zupan
Saša Zupan

Look the speculation about HIV is a bit logical. I don't know about the strenghth of the pneumonia desease. I've never had it. But it's a known fact that people with HIV or even worse AIDS can die beause their imune sistem isn't strong enough to withstand pertusis, chicken paulks, measles, pnemonia. Let's say that the World is a bit worried about George Michael

S Halliwell3
S Halliwell3

AIDS is a terminal illness so of course it's a "dirty word" in much the same way as cancer is.

To suggest that people should not be reluctant to talk about the possibility of having a terminal illness is simply idiotic.

Claire
Claire

I don't agree with the views that the publicist's response is stigmatising AIDS - if there were rumours that George Michael had a heart attack, they would equally be denying that...  Either way, wishing him a speedy recovery

Nikki K
Nikki K

Why are you all assuming this response is stimagtising Aids if he simply doesnt have it?  You are acting like there is a problem in not having Aids and your response in being out-raged that they said it isnt Aids is as much as a stigma as denying it as if it is actually Aids... if that makes sense?!

guest
guest

if he had cancer they would be shouting it from the house tops , but HIV is still a dirty , shameful disease .. this has got to change. Ive been HIV poz for almost 10 years and am able to actually forget about it until i read something like this and realize that i am one of the marginalized members of society , and it makes me feel like sh&t about myself .

Henk_eggink
Henk_eggink

Pneumonia does not last for 4 weeks or more. PCP  Aids related pneumonia may last  longer.  Mercury performed and died soon after his last performance.  The facts are hard to accept.

Jody
Jody

The Guardian openly said George Michael has Aids. If it isn't true, you would think that George would sue the paper. If it is true, he will not challenge it because in the lawsuit, an attorney could ask a judge to make George prove he doesn't have AIds.

HIV+
HIV+

I find all this speculation offensive I am 27 yrs old and have been living with HIV for a while now, I know many people that have been positive for over 30yrs and are in very good health! Fact remains George is ill so I hope he gets better! There are alot more dangerous and worse illnesses and diseases to have than HIV as in this day in age you can almost live a full natural term of life in fact it actually contributes to a healthier lifestyle!

If I am honest I myself know people personally who have played with George and I know they are positive it is likely he may be too (my opinion I may be wrong) but that does not mean we should alienate him. 

For those who are wondering I am straight married and have 2 negative children so heres my contribution to breaking the stereotype!

Get Well George!

Mauro Esposito
Mauro Esposito

to get peneumonia or even get immune suppressed like in aids you dont need hiv................drug use, alcool, stress, life style too much work, too much travelling, even depression sometimes.......all this can easily knock down an immune system and make anybody easily sick

do you need another star to sponsor the science of panic behind the hiv idea......

Jody
Jody

The doctor at the hospital where George is being treated stated that George was being treated the same as any other patient with this DISEASE. A doctor wouldn't describe pneumonia as a disease. It is a viral infection...a disorder.

This guy has AIDS.

nugganu
nugganu

There's a cure for HIV/AIDS you know - stop have anal sex.

mrmagicpants
mrmagicpants

smokers... especially HEAVY crack smokers develop pneumonia.  George Michael was arrested with crack in a rest room....  Hope he pulls through.  That guy can SING!

Concerned Parent
Concerned Parent

i don't listen to his music and just came across this article out of curiosity. if he has it he should SAY SOMETHING!!! apparently he is a man-whore. how many people could he have infected? He is a public idol and anyone who had slept with him should also get tested to do their part in preventing this from spreading. If people would stop being so damn selfish and think about others, it wouldn't be the epidemic it is.

So there is stigmata about it??? why do u think that is?? hello it's because people lie about it and don't get tested and SPREAD it.

MrBadGuy
MrBadGuy

Good article Musto....

It is an eerie possibility that he may in fact have AIDS 20 years to the date that Freddie Mercury announced to the world and thus passed on from the terrible disease. George Michael even performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert but also publicly acknowledged in DVDs that he has never been for an HIV test and never will go. His former partner did in fact die of AIDS so we all wait and see how this plays out, hopefully for the best and not just some random announcement and then passing away much like Freddie Mercury did in November 1991.

mYtY
mYtY

Its very unusual for someone george's age to have pneumonia, usually elderly in hospitals are hit with it. Of course people are going to guess he has AIDS.

Werk
Werk

it seems like only yesterday freddie murcurys people were saying something similar, perhaps that has a bit to do with it, i hope it's not history repeating

stepenchilds
stepenchilds

they said he has also developed vanclods.This is a side effect of aids it is when the roof of you buttocks cave in from the disease in other words' HE IS A GONER '

Wannabeshakefree
Wannabeshakefree

Well when his pants were down in the restroom he was wearing a nicotine patch so he obviously smokes, and smokers are more prone to pneumonia , so that is probably what it is. Not necessarily HIV positive at all.

Bobby Dobbs
Bobby Dobbs

I think that it is natural to wonder since it is very unusual for a man his age to be suffering from life threatening pneumonia which is often the cause of death of many AIDS sufferers. In the 1980s HIV was rampant among the gay community and that would have been George's era. It is just logicial reasoning to speculate that the possibility is there. I feel nothing but sympathy for the guy and hope he makes a full recovery regardless of what caused him to become sick.

chloe smith
chloe smith

Dating in itself is hard, especially when you are dating with Hiv. However, Hiv Positive dating sites provide the best place for singles with Hiv to date without possible rejection and discrimination. Hmeet.c om which is ranked as the #1 Hiv-positive singles dating site by CNN, now has more than 500,000 members. It’s hard to believe that a Hiv dating site can have so many members! 

chloe smith
chloe smith

Dating in itself is hard, especially when you are dating with Hiv. However, Hiv Positive dating sites provide the best place for singles with Hiv to date without possible rejection and discrimination. Hmeet.com which is ranked as the #1 Hiv-positive singles dating site by CNN, now has more than 500,000 members. It’s hard to believe that a Hiv dating site can have so many members! 

Drew
Drew

Its very Homophobic to suggest:

GAY + Pneumonia = AIDS ( its so 1980's..Pre HAART)

The reality is people living with HIV on HAART very seldom contract Pneumonia

Pneumonia only occurs when CD4 T cell counts are WELL below 200

May the Fabulous George Micheal Recover!!

TXCowboy911
TXCowboy911

Michael,

I understand your blog has a purpose and agenda. But even so, the facts are important. Never once did George' rep ever mention HIV. Because of the cehst pains, European press had been reporting heart problems.

Any inference about HIV came from your mind.

If anything, I think the only thing worse about an HIV stigma is the automatic assumption when a gay person is hospitalized, he has AIDS.

latenitebump
latenitebump

wow! george michael ´s boyfriend!

tabloid sensationalism (yellow journalism) masquerading as news. it´s about circulation! rupert murdoch can tell you that!

Dennis
Dennis

Of course he doesn't want the world know he has AIDS. It affects his ability to have wanton bareback creampies.

TDP96
TDP96

However there is a type of Pneumonia called PCP Pneumonia that is strictly identified with AIDS. The point is funding and donations are down and infections are up. Not a good thing.

Marnied8
Marnied8

It's making me very angry that because he is a gay man people assume to know this, are you not allowed to be ill if you are a gay man, I have grown up with his music and adore him I wish people would just hope he has full recovery instead if making unfounded statemwnts .

John
John

agreed--still in the closet

Concerned
Concerned

Don't feel like sh&t about yourself. I have lost friends to AIDS and my best friend is hiv+. I love people unconditionally. So fu&k those people.

Rayray
Rayray

It's only offensive to act like it's a dirty word to say someone might have HIV. There's no reason to cloak it in such secrecy. "SIlence=death"

Abrenn1019
Abrenn1019

That would be prevention, not a cure. 

JW
JW

People DO get pneumonia, you know....

Drew
Drew

I know where you are coming from...But one must realize that George Michael (48) is also a heavy pot smoker...that also cant be great for your lungs.

Mitchrandall2000
Mitchrandall2000

As a formerly negative gay person, I can assure you from firsthand experience that the assumption you have HIV doesn't even compare to the stigma you endure when you actually have it. Not even remotely. This is just another example of a navel-gazing sero negative whining about how other people's health makes them feel bad, when they really have no idea.

Pan
Pan

What the fuck are you talking about?

Sanchez
Sanchez

Right, and if a celebrity has that, it would be good if they said it. When Rock Hudson came forward, that's what mobilized a lot of people against AIDS.

Roi
Roi

Why are you so upset? Plenty of people have AIDS and have survived for many years with it. You're just the problem that Must wrote above--people who think it's dirty and awful to imply someone has AIDS. Take a chill pill, honey.

LauraJ
LauraJ

Fact is saying "someone" has AIDS and saying a celebrity has it are two very different things, with different circumstances. Of course a man who makes a living being in the public eye would not want that known. After all, isn't it his right?

LauraJ
LauraJ

Not even prevention, since it's not only transmited sexually, and even so, not only through anal sex.

TXCowboy911
TXCowboy911

Did I just read you right? That if a celebrity has it, it's a good thing?

That's pretty sick.

guest
guest

They don't have AIDS at this stage - they have HIV there is a big difference.

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