Everyone remembers the young, blond-haired Pintauro as Jonathan on the family sitcom "Who's the Boss? But, in the years after "Who's the Boss? In his sit-down with Oprah, Pintauro -- who goes by "Daniel" now -- begins the interview by sharing his long-held secret. I'm ready now," Pintauro says. Part of why Pintauro hadn't spoken publicly about his health before, he says, is because he wasn't sure if people were ready for a conversation of this magnitude.
Pintauro, 39, told Winfrey he wanted to share his health status "a long time ago," but wasn't ready. He said he decided to share it now to serve as a role model for the gay community. It's not something that people are talking about right now really," he said. He shared that he was diagnosed in March while living in New York. At the time he was "completely clueless" that he had the virus, he said. Pintauro, who now lives in Las Vegas, explained that the diagnosis actually came with a sense of relief.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key. In an interview with the Washington Blade, Pintauro says he never made a definitive statement that he was certain that oral sex was the means through which he became infected more than 12 years ago. He has since announced he plans to tour the country to generate a renewed phase of AIDS activism and to deliver to young people his personal message on how he overcame his struggle with crystal meth abuse and how staying away from the drug scene can help people avoid HIV. Last Saturday, Oct.