Lee Thomson, better known to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo viewers as "Uncle Poodle," revealed today that he is HIV positive.
The reality star made the stunning announcement in an interview with Fenuxe, telling the magazine his test came back positive for the disease in May of last year.
"I knew it had been my boyfriend who infected me," Thomson says. "I later learned he had been HIV positive and was not taking medication and had not bothered to tell me about it. I was advised that I should press charges and, hesitantly, I did. It was the right thing to do."
That boyfriend is now serving five years in prison as a result of his reckless behavior.
Lee, the brother of Honey Boo Boo's father, Sugar Bear, says he would have clearly protected himself if he had known about his partner's status, sending a message to those who do not use condoms:
"They are damn fools! They are playing Russian roulette; they are playing with their lives and that of their sexual partners."
We wish Lee the best of luck in his fight.