“When Queer Eye came out, it was really difficult because I was like, ‘Do I want to talk about my status?’ And then I was like, ‘The Trump administration has done everything they can do to have the stigmatization of the L.G.B.T. community thrive around me. I do feel the need to talk about this,” Van Ness, who describes himself as an out-and-proud “member of the beautiful H.I.V.-positive community," told the NYT of his decision to include his diagnosis in his book.
Following the interview's release, Van Ness was met with an outpouring of support from celebrities around the world, including from his Queer Eye costars. Antony Poroswki, who was rumoured to be dating Van Ness, wrote, “Love you proud of you,” while Tan France wrote “LOVE YOU, JACKI.” Bobby Berk added “Love you baby boy. So proud of you ♥️♥️♥️♥️"