Former Eggheads star CJ de Mooi has revealed he contracted HIV when he was a homeless teenage prostitute.
The ex- quiz show regular, 49, has opened up about his long-running health battles after confirming he's dying from AIDS.
He shocked fans this week by announcing he's losing his battle with the deadly illness 30 years after contracting HIV.
CJ has now admitted he was just 18 years old when he found out he was HIV positive.
During an appearance on Talk Radio, he explained: "I contracted HIV when I was 18 because I was sleeping on the streets.
"I had to resort to prostitution just in order to stay alive. I'm not ashamed of that, I did it because I wanted to live."
Since telling his followers he is "dying", CJ has since confirmed he's having new treatment which could help him manage his illness.
He said: "With the current medication, the situation is manageable.
"I went to the hospital and I was stable. I've been given a course of new medication. Over the last three years, I've had a lot of issues, shall we say?"
He has suffered spiralling financial problems in recent years, and was made bankrupt last year.
CJ is now fighting to save his home, and he says the stress of the situation made his condition worse.
He added: "The constant stress of everything that's been going on, has, according to my doctor, weakened my immune system so much that it's now very vulnerable.
"I'm getting more and more ill every day."
The ex-quiz show regular was once a familiar face on TV as one of the panelist on the popular BBC show Eggheads.
However, he was axed in 2016 as he faced false claims he'd sexually assaulted a man on a night out.
De Mooi also racked up massive legal bills fighting extradition to the Netherlands over claims he murdered a homeless man in Amsterdam in 1988.
The allegations were later dropped, but he was left with huge debts and made bankrupt in September.
He's now facing the prospect of losing his home so a crowdfunding campaign has been set up in a bid to help him.
His plight was detailed in a series of heartbreaking messages posted on Twitter .
CJ wrote: "I’ve been living with AIDS for 30 years but the agony of the last 3 years means I may not have many left.
"I’m outwardly healthy, still running and am staying positive I can get better.
"Thank you all for your love and if I can do anything to help any of you, please just ask. CJ."
CJ lives in Caldicot, Monmouthshire with his husband of three years Andrew Doran.
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