'Who's the Boss?' star Danny Pintauro reveals he is HIV positive

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Former Child Star Daniel Pintauro: "I'm HIV Positive"

Former child actor Danny Pintauro has revealed that he is HIV positive.

Pintauro -- who played Jonathan on the Tony Danza sitcom Who's the Boss? -- told Oprah Winfrey during Saturday's episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" that he was diagnosed with the virus in 2003 but has waited until now to go public with the news.

"I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn't ready -- I'm ready now -- that I'm HIV positive, and I have been for 12 years," Pintauro, 39, told Winfrey. "It's just a big deal. It's not something that people are talking about right now really."

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Pintauro, who came out as gay in 1997, explained that he had been forced out at the time by a tabloid magazine reporter. He said he is now hoping to serve as a role model for those with the virus.

"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," he said.

See more photos of Pintauro throughout the years in the gallery below:

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'Who's the Boss?' star Danny Pintauro reveals he is HIV positive
Danny Pintauro attends 'Propel Zero To 1000' pledge and celebrity dog-walking event with Cindy Crawford at Church Estate Vineyards on April 2, 2011 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
Danny Pintauro during 11th Annual Angel Awards - Arrivals at Project Angel Food in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Danny Pintauro during 'Danny Deckchair' Los Angeles Premiere at Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage)
Judith Light and Danny Pintauro during 11th Annual Angel Awards Hosted by Project Angel Food - Arrivals at Project Angel Food in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Danny Pintauro, Tiffany, Jerry Ferris and Jehan Ulyssees (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'The Christmas Card' - Airdate: December 16, 1986. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO;JUDITH LIGHT;ALYSSA MILANO;TONY DANZA
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Daddy's Little Montague Girl' - Airdate: December 16, 1986. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)TONY DANZA;JUDITH LIGHT;ALYSSA MILANO;DANNY PINTAURO;KATHERINE HELMOND
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Danny Pintauro and husband Wil Tabares attend the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Honeymoon in Vegas' at the Nederlander Theatre on January 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
Danny Pintauro and Propel Zero raise money for Much Love Animal Rescue in Malibu to celebrate how our four-legged friends help to keep us active and healthy at Church Estates Vinyard on April 2, 2011 in Malibu, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
Actor Danny Pintauro attends the 17th Annual Allen Ludden Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center Holiday Party on December 7, 1986 at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Danny Pintauro attends the ABC Entertainment's Casting Department's Party to Celebrate the New Faces of ABC Television on February 23, 1984 at Tavern on the Green in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Danny Pintauro attends the 47th Annual Drama Desk Awards on May 19, 2002 at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Danny Pintauro attends the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Performance to Benefit Variety Club on August 7, 1997 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Danny Pintauro attends The Little Green Awards on May 28, 1991 at Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Danny Pintauro, father John Pintauro, and mother Margaret Pintauro attend the 57th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 7, 1988 at KTLA Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Danny Pintauro attends the Ben Johnson Pro-Celebrity Rodeo on August 13, 1989 at Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actors Gordon Thomson and Danny Pintauro attending the party for 'ABC Talent Development Program' on February 23, 1984 at Tavern on the Green in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Danny Pintauro attends the Grand Opening of Knott Berry Farm's New Theme Park Roller Coaster: Boomerangon April 5, 1990 at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 29: WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Your Grandmother's a Bimbo' - Season Five - 1/29/89, Angela (Judith Light), Tony (Tony Danza) and Samantha (Alyssa Milano) helped Jonathan (Danny Pintauro) in his bid to run for class treasurer., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Marry Me, Mona' - Airdate: March 29, 1988. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)LESLIE NIELSEN;DANNY PINTAURO;TONY DANZA;ALYSSA MILANO;JUDITH LIGHT
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 19: WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Steady As She Goes' - Season Four - 1/19/88, Samantha (Alyssa Milano) discovered that dating Jesse took time away from Tony (Tony Danza). Angela (Judith Light), Mona (Katherine Helmond) and Jonathan (Danny Pintauro)., (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
WHO'S THE BOSS? - Danny Pintauro Gallery - December 22, 1987. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO
WHO'S THE BOSS? - Danny Pintauro Gallery - December 22, 1987. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO
WHO'S THE BOSS? - Danny Pintauro Gallery - December 22, 1987. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Steady As She Goes' - Airdate: January 19, 1988. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO;ALYSSA MILANO;KATHERINE HELMOND;TONY DANZA;JUDITH LIGHT
Actor Danny Pintauro attends the Ben Johnson Pro-Celebrity Rodeo on August 13, 1989 at Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WHO'S THE BOSS? - Danny Pintauro Gallery - December 22, 1987. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO
WHO'S THE BOSS? - Danny Pintauro Gallery - December 22, 1987. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO
WHO'S THE BOSS? - Danny Pintauro Gallery - December 22, 1987. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Big Girl On Campus' - Airdate: September 29, 1987. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'The Hickey' - Airdate: November 4, 1986. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)ALYSSA MILANO;DANNY PINTAURO
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Angela Gets Fired: Part I' - Airdate: September 23, 1986. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO;JUDITH LIGHT
Promotional portrait of the cast of the TV series, 'Who's The Boss,' circa 1985. CW (from top): Actors Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Katherine Helmond, and Danny Pintauro. (Photo by ABC Television/Fotos International/Getty Images)
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Angela Gets Fired: Part I' - Airdate: September 23, 1986. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO;JUDITH LIGHT;ALYSSA MILANO
Danny Pintauro, 1987. (Photo by Getty Images)
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Jonathan the Gymnast' - Airdate: November 18, 1986. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO;TONY DANZA
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Jonathan the Gymnast' - Airdate: November 18, 1986. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO;TONY DANZA
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Jonathan the Gymnast' - Airdate: November 18, 1986. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO;TONY DANZA
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Forgive Me, Tony' - Airdate: December 2, 1986. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO;JUDITH LIGHT
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 20: WHO'S THE BOSS? - gallery - Season One - 9/20/84, Former athlete Tony Micelli (Tony Danza)sought a better life for his daughter, Samantha (Alyssa Milano), by accepting the job as housekeeper for advertising executive Angela Bower (Judith Light, top left) and caretaker to her son, Jonathan (Danny Pintauro). Mona (Katherine Helmond) was Angela's mother., (Photo by Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty Images)
WHO'S THE BOSS? - 'Yellow Submarine' - Airdate: December 15, 1987. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANNY PINTAURO;KATHERINE HELMOND;JUDITH LIGHT
Actor Danny Pintauro attends the 'She's Out of Control' Beverly Hills Premiere on April 11, 1989 at Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Pintauro explained that he was initially worried that the diagnosis would mean that he would have trouble starting a romantic relationship. In 2014, Pintauro married Wil Tabares, whom he met after his diagnosis.

Pintauro, who also detailed his previous crystal meth abuse during the interview, added that learning he is HIV positive actually provided him with a feeling of calm.

"There was a sense of relief," he said. "You've spent so much time terrified that you're going to get it, and then you have it, and you don't have to be terrified anymore."

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