"I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn't ready — I'm ready now — that I'm HIV positive," Pintauro told Oprah. He was diagnosed 12 years ago but feared admitting the truth because, "It's just a big deal."
Pintauro said he wants to be open about his status to help others. ""I missed the opportunity to be a beacon of light for gay kids who were going through what I was going through because I was outed — it wasn't by choice."
Pintauro with cast mates Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, and Katherine Helmond in the '80s [Photo credit: ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images]
Pintauro says he no longer uses the drug. He married entertainer Will Tabares last year.