Honey Boo Boo's 'Uncle Poodle' Is HIV-Positive
Lee Thomson, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson's "Uncle Poodle," has revealed he is HIV-Positive.
Thompson recently gave an interview to publicly make the announcement, and hopefully spread the message of the importance of safe sex. "I was adamant about getting my HIV status checked on a regular basis," Thompson told FENUXE, a gay culture magazine out of Atlanta. "On March 16, 2012, I tested negative. Then, in May of 2012 my test results came back positive."
After receiving the unfortunate test results, Thompson realized that he must have contracted the disease through his boyfriend. His boyfriend had been knowingly HIV positive, and had neither been taking his medication nor been up front with Thompson. Due to the circumstances, Thompson was encouraged to press charges and did. "He is serving a 5-year sentence," Thomson revealed. "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."
On people who aren't protecting themselves, "They are damn fools!" says Thompson. "They are playing Russian roulette; they are playing with their lives and that of their sexual partners.
Thompson also took the time to explain where he got the nickname "Uncle Poodle." He explains that it was Alana who gave it to him – as she refers to all gay men as "my poodles." And, while he may have gotten his first glimpse of the reality television spotlight from Honey Boo Boo, Thompson doesn't want it to be his last. "I want to have my own television show and highlight what it is like being gay in the South. I think I have a good story to tell."