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ABC Correspondent Karl Schmid Reveals He's HIV-Positive

ABC Correspondent Karl Schmid Reveals He's HIV-Positive

ABC correspondent Karl Schmid has bravely revealed that he is HIV-positive.

The 37-year-old Australian native and on-camera reporter shared the news on Friday night (March 24) in a lengthy post on Facebook.

“Hi. I’m a 37 year old HIV+ man who has been poz for almost ten years. I work in television,” Karl started. “And on the side of the camera where, for better or worse it’s considered ‘taboo’ for people ‘like me’ to be ‘like me.’ For 10 years I’ve struggled with ‘do I or don’t I’? For ten years the stigma and industry professionals have said, ‘don’t! It’ll ruin you.’”

Karl continues, “But here’s the thing. I’m me. I’m just like you. I have a big heart and I want to be loved and accepted. I may be on TV from time to time, but at the end of the day I’m just an average guy who wants want we all want. To be accepted and loved by our friends and family and to be encouraged by our peers.”

Karl shared the post on Facebook while proudly wearing a “The AIDS Memorial” T-shirt.

“So here’s what I say, stand tall, and stand proud. You can’t make everybody happy but you can make you happy.,” Karl concluded. “And so long as you tell the truth, you will never have to remember anything. Labels are things that come and go but your dignity and who you are is what defines you. I know who I am, I know what I stand for and while in the past I may not have always had clarity, I do now. Love me or hate me, that’s up to you. But, for anyone who has ever doubted themselves because of those scary three letters and one symbol, let me tell you this, you are somebody who matters. Your feelings, your thoughts, your emotions count. And don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. I’m Karl Schmid, and I’m an HIV-positive man!”

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  • evie

    well, it sucks and it’s brave of him to share this but there’s definitely nothing to be proud of! Being stupid and not using protection or maybe also being promiscuous? No.

  • imnobody

    And 10years later he needs to share this? A lot of people are HIV positive and don’t get sick. AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was. And saying you’re proud to be HIV + makes him sound like a dope.

  • Martha Bartha

    Oh Dear!

  • RebelSoldier

    In case he reads this. I lived through the epidemic and in the eighties saw my lover from the early seventies and a year later my lover from the late seventies and early eighties die of this. One with KS in 86 and the other from lymphoma in 87. It changed and of course screwed up my life. But I never caught it. Why? I was terrified of it from the moment I saw a note posted at my YMCA warning men of GRIDS, the first of AIDS’ names. It was obviously transmitted by sex. It would be years before we knew exactly how, All I can say is what I said, when Greg Louganis said he was infected.Why? Why? Were you not home that day? When it comes to life and death you don’t make mistakes. I’m very sorry for you in a warm and good way. Not inspired though. But being open about things like this is always brave and never easy.

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    They call it “The Gift”.

  • RebelSoldier

    You just need a nice cup of tea, Martha.

  • RebelSoldier

    Martha you seem to know more this sub-culture than any decent woman should.

  • Martha Bartha

    I’ve been around.👿

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    I like my tea light & sweet just like me.👁👁

  • Paul White

    He’s not saying he’s proud of being HIV+ and that he’s not ashamed of it… I think he may be saying he’s gay.

  • Brad Dahl

    I don’t know Karl personally. I don’t know Karl on TV. Still I commend him for his bravery and openness and wish him well.

  • VictorSeafog

    Judging from the massive amount of fatties walking around or unwanted pregnancies. I would say there are plenty of stupid people.
    You don’t have to be promiscuous to get a disease like HIV, You just prove the point about the stigma and bigotry with your opinionated post.

  • Pinko of the Grange

    only a very small sub culture. aka bug chasers.

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    Oh My!🐕

  • evie

    It’s stupid to have unprotected sex with someone you don’t know…oh, or maybe he caught it from someone he did know, my bad. Or maybe he was just doing drugs, right? All of those things are okay so I will shut up now.

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