“Finding Prince Charming” host Lance Bass has confirmed rumors a cast member will reveal he is HIV-positive on the show.
“It is true,” Bass told People Magazine about the gay dating reality show. “This is one of the things I love about the show – it’s a fun reality show, it’s dramatic, but there’s a lot of heart in it and amazing story lines that you’re going to shed a tear over. And one of those is finding about this guy’s HIV.”
“All of us know someone that is living with HIV, and I think the stigma is still really bad out there – people are just so uneducated about it,” Bass continued. “To us, obviously it doesn’t matter at all, we’ve been around it so much, but I think this is really going to educate a lot of people. I’m excited for people to watch it, especially this episode.”
The contestants will be competing for the affections of Robert Sepúlveda Jr. who told People Magazine that the contestant’s HIV status did not deter him from giving him the same chance at love as everyone else.
“For me, it’s like: Is someone HIV-positive not worthy of love?” Sepúlveda Jr. says. “That’s really the question, and it doesn’t matter to me. ‘Prince Charming’ would be accepting of anyone, and that’s how I am.”
“In the gay community, in just any community, if you have a disease, it’s not going to be anything that someone’s going to push you away from,” Sepúlveda Jr. continued . “Again, me being ‘Prince Charming’ – the guy that everyone’s vying for their attention – I’m not going to not date someone because they’re HIV-positive. That’s ridiculous. It’s really a stigma that we have to resolve now.”
“Finding Prince Charming” airs on LOGO Thursday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m.