Love or hate Honey Boo Boo and her family's ways, we'd hope you'd have the utmost sympathy for them if anyone of them got life-threatening news.
For instance, her uncle (who she calls Uncle Poodle, real name Lee Thompson) has revealed that he's HIV positive, and we're floored by it. He's been a huge advocate to what he calls "queer rednecks," which has equality and love at heart.
He now wants to use this information to teach others to use protection, and to be tested often… because, here's the thing: he tested negative in March 2012, and then positive May 2012. It can happen that fast.
It was his boyfriend that infected him. Here's what he has to say about it: