Honey Boo Boo: Uncle Poodle Reveals He is HIV-Positive
BY Michelle Garcia
January 15 2013 1:27 PM ET
Lee Thompson, known as Honey Boo Boo's Uncle Poodle revealed that the results of a recent HIV test have returned with a positive diagnosis.
Thompson, who is openly gay, told Fenuxe.com that a test in May showed that he was HIV-positive.
"I knew it had been my boyfriend who infected me," Thompson said. "I later learned he had been HIV positive and was not taking medication and had not bothered to tell me about it."
Thompson said he then reluctantly press charges against his ex, who is now serving a five-year sentence in prison for not disclosing his HIV status.
"I would have been cool with his status if he had been honest," he said. "I don't have an issue with the disease. I would have known how to protect myself."
Thompson said his nickname "Uncle Poodle" stems from his niece, Alana Thompson, otherwise known as Honey Boo Boo. He said she calls all gay men "my poodles." He said he would like to have his own reality show, possibly a spinoff of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on TLC, highlighting what it's like to be gay in the South.