“I accept this condition not as a curse or scourge, but rather as an opportunity and a challenge. An opportunity to help others. A challenge to better myself,” he wrote in an open letter. "Every day, of every month, of every year, countless individuals go to work, man their stations, fulfill their professional obligations with a host of disabilities. Diseases, imperfections, hurdles, detours. These maladies range from Lupus to Cancer, from paralysis to blindness, from Diabetes to Obesity. ‘Treated,’ HIV is no different.
“My partying days are behind me. My philanthropic days are ahead of me.
“Earnest Hemingway once wrote: ‘Courage is grace under pressure.’
“I’ve served my time under pressure; I now embrace the courage, and the grace.”