Danny Pintauro: BDSM sex led to my meth addiction

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Danny Pintauro recently sat down with HIV Equal‘s Stephen Lucin to discuss his experiences with meth, as well as his thoughts on Grindr and why he doesn’t want to be seen as a poster child for HIV/AIDS or meth addiction.

“I definitely don’t want to be a hero. I don’t want to be, like, the poster child,” Pintauro said. “I want to be the example of what not to do, of what not to be, and what happens when you go down even just the slightest of dark roads.”

Pintauro, who revealed he believes he contracted HIV through oral sex 12 years ago, explained he was first introduced to meth during a BDSM sex session with a stranger.

“So here I am wanting to explore bondage, wanting to explore rougher things, wanting to explore, sort of, being dominated,” he recalled. “And the person that I find, who I think is just gorgeous and, oh my god, it’s, like, perfect. … This guy wants to hang out with me? How can I turn him down?”

Pintauro claims that he can identify meth heads by simply reading their Grindr profiles.

“From my experience, with Grindr and all of those sites, I could go on there right now and look at the people in this area who are either doing, have done, or want to do meth,” he said, estimating that “1 out of every 8 guys” on dating apps is into the drug.

Watch the full interview below:

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