Pintauro, who played the precocious son Jonathan Bower on the sitcom, shared his secret with Winfrey on her network's "Where Are They Now?" show.
"I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn't ready," he told Winfrey. "I'm ready now. I'm HIV-positive and I have been for 12 years."
The diagnosis came in 2003 after a regular checkup. "You know, as a responsible gay man, you're getting an HIV test done every six months." he continued. Pintauro came out publicly as a gay man in 1997.
Fortunately, his fears didn't stop him from finding happiness. He married his husband, Wil Tabares, in 2014.
Referring to his announcement, he posted a photo with Tabares to Instagram on Saturday with the caption: "Last meal as a nobody. ;) first meal as an activist. #lifelovelive."
Well, it's great that Danny Pintauro has found his courage to share his status and it's even greater that he declared to be an activist to make a better world without HIV. Danny Pintauro has just updated his HIV status, he's HIV positive and as for me, I'm HIV negative. But the question is: what about you guys?