Tony Danza Honors His 'Who's the Boss?' Costar Danny Pintauro Following HIV Revelation
By Antoinette Bueno
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Tony Danza and his Who's the Boss? co-star Danny Pintauro recently reunited at the 2015 My Hero Gala at Cipriani in New York City, where Danza presented the 39-year-old former child star with the Courage Award, thanks to his efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination against those affected by AIDS and HIV. In September, Pintauro revealed that he's HIV-positive during his appearance on Oprah's Where Are They Now?
"Tony was great, but I can tell he was a little disappointed for the drugs part more than anything," he said.
Pintauro admitted that he contracted HIV because he wasn't careful and was having unprotected sex. He said drugs played a major part as well.
"The drugs were a big problem," Pintauro told ET, wanting to make it clear that "child celebrity syndrome" had nothing to do with it. "It's the meth. It takes away all your inhibitions."
While Pintauro has kept in touch with both Danza, and his television mother, Judith Light, his co-star Alyssa Milano admitted in September that she was caught off guard by his revelation.
"I didn't talk for many years after the show was over because when the show ended it was a different time," Milano explained on The Talk. "We didn’t have cell phones or Facebook… No texting or anything, so I lost contact with him for a long time. This was the first that I have heard of it."
"I hate that it took him so long to feel comfortable, but I'm so glad that he is able to express himself now, and I guarantee you he will change so many lives," Milano added, as tears streamed down her face.
Meanwhile, Light also praised Pintauro during a Fox 5 NY interview in September. "He is being incredibly proactive," Light said, who's known about his diagnosis for years. "He's giving a different face to what is still a disease that has still not been handled."
"I wasn't worried because I knew he was taking responsibility for it, and I knew that he was taking care of himself," she added. "And you could see how well he's doing."