ABC reporter reveals he's HIV-positive, ending 10 year secret

An outpouring of support for Los Angeles-based ABC News Correspondent Karl Schmid after publicly announcing he’s HIV-positive.

In a touching Facebook post, 37-year-old Schmid wrote about the hardships that have come with his status.

“I work in television. And on the side of the camera where, for better or worse it’s considered ‘taboo’ for people ‘like me’ to be ‘like me,'" he wrote. "But here’s the thing. I’m me. I’m just like you. I have a big heart and I want to be loved and accepted. I may be on TV from time to time, but at the end of the day I’m just an average guy who wants want we all want. To be accepted and loved by our friends and family and to be encouraged by our peers." 

The Australian-born reporter, known for his coverage of Hollywood events, explains how for 10 years he’s been living with the virus, yet he’s kept it a secret because colleagues and industry professionals warned disclosing his status would ruin his career.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: TV personality Karl Schmid attends the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Karl Schmid and Kyle Absolom attend Gucci Hosts Private Cocktail Party To Benefit GLSEN at Gucci Los Angeles on December 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Gucci)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Kyle Absolom (L) and TV personality Karl Schmid attend the official 2014 American Music Awards after party at the at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Katy Tiz (L) and TV personality Karl Schmid attend the official 2014 American Music Awards after party at the at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Tv personality Karl Schmid attends the 2013 NewNowNext Awards at The Fonda Theatre on April 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for LOGO)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Tv personality Karl Schmid attends the 2013 NewNowNext Awards at The Fonda Theatre on April 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for LOGO)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 23: Beatrice the Dog and tv personality Karl Schmid attend The Humane Society's 2013 Genesis Awards benefit gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 23, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Karl Schmid and Chris Bair attend the Stand Up For A Cure 2013 Concert Series and Republic Records Grammy Party at The Emerson Theatre on February 10, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Karl Schmid attends the Stand Up For A Cure 2013 Concert Series and Republic Records Grammy Party at The Emerson Theatre on February 10, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/WireImage)
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"So here’s what I say, stand tall, and stand proud," he continued. "For anyone who has ever doubted themselves because of those scary three letters and one symbol, let me tell you this, you are somebody who matters. Your feelings, your thoughts, your emotions count."

A day after posting his heart-felt message, Schmid reached out to his followers once again calling the day "insanely overwhelming."

"I had NO idea that me sharing something would have such an impact," he said. "For those of you who dm’d with your stories THANK YOU."

Hi. I’m a 37 year old HIV+ man who has been poz for almost ten years. I work in television. And on the side of the camera where, fo better or worse it’s considered “taboo” for people “like me” to be “like me”. For 10 years I’ve struggled with “do I or don’t I”? For ten years the stigma and industry professionals have said, “don’t! It’ll ruin you”. But here’s the thing. I’m me. I’m just like you. I have a big heart and I want to be loved and accepted. I may be on TV from time to time, but at the end of the day I’m just an average guy who wants want we all want. To be accepted and loved by our friends and family and to be encouraged by our peers. So here’s what I say, stand tall, and stand proud. You can’t make everybody happy but you can make you happy. And so long as you tell the truth, you will never have to remember anything. Labels are things that come and go but your dignity and who you are is what defines you. I know who I am, I know what I stand for and while in the past I may not have always had clarity, I do now. Love me or hate me, that’s up to you. But, for anyone who has ever doubted themselves because of those scary three letters and one symbol, let me tell you this, you are somebody who matters. Your feelings, your thoughts, your emotions count. And don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. I’m Karl Schmid, and I’m an HIV-positive man! #whatisrememberedlives @theaidsmemorial @theaidsmemorialtshirt Sent from my iPhone

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