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RuPaul’s Drag Race Contestant Q Uplifts HIV Services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Q HIV services PSA

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 16 contestant Q joined the Los Angeles LGBT Center to uplift and highlight HIV treatment and prevention services in a social media PSA on Friday.

Q moved Drag Race audiences when she recently spoke about her HIV diagnosis on the show, sharing that she tested positive when she was 24 years old. “When I first got my diagnosis I felt really lost, and I felt super alone,” she said on the show. “I was mostly scared about how I was going to be treated by family and people around me who don’t understand it because it is so stigmatized.”

Following her diagnosis, some reacted with fear and stigma, she said. “People have said really awful and nasty things to me—almost dehumanizing me,” she recalled.

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Q Opens Up About Her HIV Status

In her message to her followers, Q shared the importance of quality and stigma-free medical care in allowing her to thrive as her healthiest, most authentic self. “I’ve been able to find love, find success and really thrive,” she shared. “I mean, have you seen my runway looks on this season? I’m killing it, and nothing’s stopping me.”

The Los Angeles LGBT Center provides a comprehensive range of HIV services, including testing, treatment, prevention, education, and more. To learn more, visit

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