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The actor told The Hollywood Reporter that he had feared disclosing it would give “another way for people to discriminate against me in an already discriminatory profession

.” The Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter told The Hollywood Reporter that he learned he had H.I.V. in 2007. He is shown here in 2014 watching a rehearsal of a play he wrote. Credit... Ruby Washington/The New York Times May 19, 2021 The Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Billy Porter disclosed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on Wednesday that he learned he had H.I.V. in 2007 and hid the information from colleagues for over a decade, fearing discrimination in the entertainment industry. “I was trying to have a life and a career, and I wasn’t certain I could if the wrong people knew,” Porter, 51, said in the interview. “It would just be another way for people to discriminate against me in an already discriminatory profession.” Subscribe to The Times to read as many articles as you like. nytimes.com/subscription