EXCLUSIVE: Honey Boo Boo star “Uncle Poodle” reveals: “My [HIV] test results came back positive.”

EXCLUSIVE:  Honey Boo Boo star “Uncle Poodle” reveals: “My [HIV] test results came back positive.”

Honey Boo Boo's Uncle Poodle

Uncle Poodle


By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento

Lee Thompson faced a harsh reality when he was diagnosed with HIV in 2012. Now, Thompson – known to the world and his niece Alana (aka Honey Boo Boo) as Uncle Poodle – wants to lend his star power to combat bullying in schools and promote safe sex.

Dino: Lee, when did you find out about your HIV status?
Lee: I was adamant about getting my HIV status checked on a regular basis. On March 16, 2012, I tested negative. Then, in May of 2012 my test results came back positive. I knew it had been my boyfriend who infected me. I later learned he had been HIV positive and was not taking medication and had not bothered to tell me about it. I was advised that I should press charges and, hesitantly, I did. It was the right thing to do.

Dino: What happened to your ex?
Lee: He is serving a 5-year sentence. 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.

Dino: What is your message to folks having unsafe sex?
Lee: They are damn fools! They are playing Russian roulette; they are playing with their lives and that of their sexual partners.

Dino: When did you figure out you were gay?
Lee: When I was 16 I knew it. I went to my mother and told her. A mother almost always knows.

Dino: How did your immediate family take this news?
Lee: My mother was supportive from the beginning. My father struggled with it for about four years. I think one of the main reasons was that he wanted grandchildren from me. But when I was about 20 he told me he accepted me as I was.

Dino: Did you also come out in school? What were the repercussions?
Lee: I came out in school around 11th or 12th grade. It was definitely not easy for me. On a daily basis I was bullied in one way or another. There was name calling and physical harm all the way to the vandalizing of my car. Being bullied was just a part of my every day.

Dino: What do you advise youngsters to do if they are realizing they may be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender?
Lee: My advice is to seek out their parents or an adult they trust. I would not advise them to go public or share the information with their schools until they feel safe and comfortable. They will know when the time is right.

Dino: Do you have plans to contribute to anti-bullying campaigns as you did with GLAAD and promote safe sex, possibly even do talks in schools?
Lee: Definitely! I know what it is like to be bullied. I know what it is like to live with HIV. I can help and I want to.

Dino: What are your future plans in the television industry?
Lee: 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.

Dino: One last question: where did the nickname “Uncle Poodle” come from?
Lee: From Alana. She calls all gay men “my poodles” and I am her Uncle Poodle.

I applaud Lee for his extraordinary giving nature and his bravery on standing up to bullies and living his authentic life. It hasn’t been easy for him. He has survived physical attacks — including a broken jaw and broken ribs — accepted his positive HIV status and helped prosecute the culprit, his former lover. In addition, he has overcome the challenges of instant fame. Yet, his focus is helping the LGBT community push forward. This is a man to be reckoned with. I salute you, Poodle; we should all be so lucky to call you uncle.

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  • BOB

    DOCTORS ARE LYERS,TO END HIV IS TO NEVER GET TESTED.ITS ONLY A HI TEST,A V IS ADDED SO THAT PEOPLE CAN QUALIFY FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS.IAM OLD AND IVE HAD LOTS OF UNPROTECTED GAY SEX,NEVER GOT TESTED,NEVER SEE OR SPEAK TO A DOCTOR,SEX IS MY BUSINESS.ALL THE REAL DISEASES ARE PILLS,THEY ARE POISONOUS TOXINS THAT CAUSE CANCER,INTERNAL BLEEDING,ORGAN DAMAGE BRAIN DAMAGE AND BLINDNESS.SUE THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY FOR THERE LIES AND THE DAMGE THEY CAUSED U.NEXT SUE YOUR DOCTOR FOR MALPRACTISE.PILLS ARE THERE TO KEEP U ILL,SO THAT YOU MAKE MANY DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS ,AFTER ALL YOUR DOCTOR IS PAID ON COMMISSION,NEVER TO BE TRUSTED.

  • BOB

    ITS AMAZING THAT ALL THE SICK PEOPLE WHO ARE GAY ARE IN RELATIONSHIPS OR LONGTERM. IAM 50 YEARS OLD GAY AND PROMISCUOUS,HAD TONS OF GAY SEX IN BATHOUSES,AND NEVER ILL.I NEVER EVER GOT AN HIV TEST,I NEVER SEE A DOCTOR.THE ONES WHO SEE THE DOCTOR USUALLY MARRIED PEOPLE AND GAYS IN RELATIONSHIPS,GET MISDIAGNOSED,TAKE THE POISONOUS HIV MEDS AND DIE.READ THE CHEMICALS IN ALL PILLS THEY ARE POISON.YOU ARE REALLY BEING TESTED FOR DRUG USE,IF YOU ARE ,YOU WILL COME OUT AS HIV POS, HIV IS NOT A REAL VIRUS,IT IS HI,BUT HI PEOPLE DON’T QUALIFY FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS SO THEY AD A “V” THEN U NOW QUALIFY FOR DISABILITY.THE ONLY WAY TO END HIV IS NEVER MAKE IT AN ISSUE,NEVER SPEAK IT,NEVER PARTICIPATE.JESUS CHRIST WAS POSITIVE THE REASON HE DIED WAS TO FINANCE THE BUILDING OF CHURCHES.HIV/AIDS IS MONEY.NEG AND POS MONEY.TELLING SOMEONE U ARE HIV POS IS TELLING THE PEOPLE U SPEAK TO THAT U MUST DIE,THEY MAY KILL U.IN TODAYS WORLD WE FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS CHRIST,AND WE DIE TO FINANCE THE CONSTRUCTION OF HI RISE BUILDINGS,WHY,THE LIVING DOES NOT HAVE THE MONEY IT TAKES TO BUILD OUR COUNTRY.MOST OF THIS WORLD IS ALREADY BUILT.SO SEEING A DOCTOR IS STUPID,AS DOCTOR S AND POISONOUS MEDICATION WILL KILL U SO WE CAN BUILD HI RISE BUILDINGS WE ALREADY HAVE. I LAUGH AT HIV PEOPLE,THEY ARE UNREAD ILLITERATE DUMB DRUG USERS WHO EAT VERY LITTLE. SO SEE YOUR DOCTOR AND GET TESTED FOR HIV SO U CAN DIE JUST LIKE JESUS CHRIST WHO IS RED IN THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE,AND GOD IS BLACK IN THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE. CAPITAL MONEYS BLACK,AND MONEY BORROWED IS RED. FOOLS. HIV/AIDS IS OVER ONE BIG MASSIVE FRAUD.SUE THE PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG COMPANIES FOR THE PAIN THEY PUT YOU THROUGH.AND SUE YOUR FUCKING DOCTOR FOR MALPRACTISE.ALL THAT GAY PROMISCUOUS SEX,IS GREAT,IAM STILL HEALTHY FEEL GREAT NEVER HAD THE FLU IN 20 YEARS,AS THE SEX MADE ME IMMUNE TO THE FLU.DOCTORS DRUGS ARE THE CAUSE OF ALL DISEASE ,HOW CAN POISONOUS CHEMICALS IN A PILL HELP YOU.GET A BRAIN.
    hI RISE BUILDING FINANCING $500,000 – BORROWED CASH
    NEG BALANCE
    $200,000.000 + CAPITAL (DEAD)
    PERSON ACCT.
    WHEN THE APPARTMENTS ARE SOLD IT WILL REDUCE THE DEBT TO 0$ THATS THE TRUTH TO HIV A HI-RISE TOWER, HI PEOPLE ON DRUGS WHO OD AND DIE GETS OVERDRAFT. NOW TELL EVERYONE YOUR HIV POS GET TESTED.

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