Early last year, pop star Aaron Carter, brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, came out as bisexual. Following the announcement, Carter feared his participation in risky sexual activities and a sudden, worrying weight loss meant he could possibly be HIV-positive.
That’s why he decided to appear on the talk show, “The Doctors,” where he took an HIV test along with a series of other STI checks.
“I need help, I’m scared,” he told the hosts. At six feet tall, he weighed just 115 pounds. He also admitted he was addicted to cosmetic surgery and painkillers.
“I get fillers. Restylane, Voluma, Rejuviderm. I get all three, and I’m going to continue doing it,” Carter said. “It makes me smile in the mirror.”
“I see a pretty good looking guy, I’m just skinny. And I just want to get better.”
“You are malnourished, and your body mass index at 17 is in a scary range,” Dr. Travis Stork told him. “We can’t just sit here and blame it on a hiatal hernia. We have got to work on this.”
And the first step for Carter was getting HIV tested.
“That was the scariest thing I have ever done in my life,” he said after taking the test. “After not getting annual checkups and testing and being safe, actually, being safe so I could be safe for others, more importantly.”
“That’s what scared me. I felt like I was putting people at risk with my body… I didn’t have the courage to go face the music.”
Fortunately, the singer received good news. Carter appeared shell-shocked as Dr. Jorge Rodriguez told him he tested HIV-negative. The doctor also informed Carter that he tested negative for all other STIs. Carter’s relief was palpable.
Watch as Carter hears the results of his HIV test in the clip below.