Former Who’s The Boss star Danny Pintauro, who revealed to Oprah last week that he’s HIV-positive, continues to reveal more in his efforts to remove stigma and talk about issues surrounding meth addiction and unsafe sex.
Pintauro sat down with HIV Equal and told them how he became addicted to meth:
“So, here I am wanting to explore bondage, wanting to explore…rougher things, wanting to explore, sort of, being dominated. And the person that I find, who I think is just gorgeous and, oh my God, it’s like, perfect. Oh my God, this guy wants to hang out with me? How can I turn him down? So I get over there and then he says, ‘well you should try this.’ … It happens, and you want it to happen again.”
He says he can pick out a meth user out of a hook-up app’s line-up and says there are pretty high odds that somebody on it is using:
“From my experience, with Grindr and all of those sites, I could go on there right now and look at the people in this area and I could tell you which ones are either doing, have done, or want to do meth. I know what to look for. I know what the look in their eye is…I guarantee you that’s probably going to be 1 in 8 guys.”
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Finally, he says that though he’s a fan, there are elements to using PrEP that people aren’t really talking about:
“The conversation with PrEP is not simply if you take this regularly your chances of getting HIV are very slim. It’s, if you take this regularly your chances are slim, but you still need to do the following things in a sexual environment or you’re going to end up with something else.”