Usually when we write about Austin Armacost, the openly gay model and reality TV star, it’s about the very revealing photos he posts on Instagram.

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But this time, it’s a serious topic: Austin revealed in a moving blog post, that he was sexually assaulted several years ago, and was scared for his life.

Austin Armacost
Photo: Instagram

Austin Armacost was Marc Jacobs’ (the fashion designer) boyfriend in the past, and he appeared in reality shows such as “A-List” and the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother.

His blog post was published on GuysLikeU yesterday, in time for the World AIDS day. “Nearly ten years ago I was sexually assaulted in Chicago”, he writes. “I was out with somebody who I thought was a friend for a few drinks. As the evening progressed,  everything became very blurry and I woke up in this guy’s apartment two days later.”

And he continues:

I KNEW within a few minutes that he had drugged me and during the time I was out of it he had had sex with me. Without me being aware of it.

Leaving the house in shock and in a panic I locked myself away in my apartment. And then something worse dawned on me that terrified me more – the guy was HIV positive.

At the time I was uneducated, misinformed, and full of stigma against the disease. I had been told myths and lies by my school, my church (which I was forced to attend for several years,) and even by my friends.

After a week filled with crippling anxiety, heavy drinking, and no human contact I decided I had to take myself to the clinic to see what I needed to do if unfortunately something had been transmitted.

Austin further admits that as a result of the assault, he was terrified of sex for years. Read the full post right here.