ABC ON AIR correspondent, Karl J. Schmid, while visiting his hometown of Victoria, in Australia, spoke to News Corp Australia and said, ““The problem is stigma and stigma is real and dangerous.”
Schmid, originally from Victoria, is a familiar a face on US TV screens where he works as an entertainment journalist for the American ABC network, reporting from red carpets including the Oscars and Grammys.
Earlier this year, he made the decision to publicly announce he was HIV-positive, 11 years after his diagnosis.
He told news.com.au it was “difficult to believe” that there were not more people in the public eye in Australia who had HIV, the virus that if left untreated can lead to AIDS. Modern medications means that few people with the virus are ever likely to progress to that stage.