Although “Survivor” has arguably taken a happy turn in recent seasons with host Jeff Probst often inject humorous takes to the game and its players, the reality behind the lives of many participants is still grim. Recently, Hai Giang, a contestant in the current season “Survivor 42,” revealed that he recently lost his cousin to AIDS and posted a tribute to him online.
Hai’s cousin died of AIDS
On Saturday, the AIDS memorialan Instagram account commemorating the AIDS deaths in the United States, announced death of a man they referred to as “Jimmy” who died of AIDS on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.
“RIP to my cousin Jimmy ❤️,” Hai wrote. “He died Wednesday of complications from AIDS. I am sad that this disease is still claiming lives in 2022. The world has come a long way in fighting this virus, but we still have a long way to go.”
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on raising awareness of important health issues in the United States, over 5,000 US deaths were attributed primarily to HIV/AIDS in 2019 alone. It remains the 9th leading cause of death among 25-34 year olds and 10th among 35-44 year olds. In addition, there were nearly 35,000 new HIV/AIDS infections in the US in 2019, and the number of people currently living with the disease stands at about 1.2 million, of whom about 13% are unaware are infected. As Hai says, it’s important to get tested regularly, both for protection and preventative reasons.
Hai is currently looking for his grandfather
The tragic death of Hai’s cousin isn’t the only dramatic news about his family. As Hai continued to speak his TikTok account, he is currently searching for his biological grandfather. As he explained in a videohis father was an orphan growing up in Vietnam, the child of an American soldier and a Vietnamese woman conceived during the Vietnam War.
Hai’s grandmother died shortly after birth, so he’s now hoping to discover his grandfather’s identity through genealogy sites. “I’m really just trying to reclaim parts of my identity and my father’s identity that have been missing throughout our lives,” Hai explained. “I’m not looking for more.”
As Hai explained in another video, this phenomenon of American soldiers impregnating Vietnamese women during the war was relatively common. In the video, he encouraged those who had fathers or grandfathers who served in the Vietnam War to take DNA tests and submit them online because there’s a good chance they’ll discover some relatives they didn’t know about. “That could be me!” he added humorously.
Born in 1992 in Gia Rai, Bac Lieu, Vietnam, Hai says he moved to the United States as a refugee at a young age CBS bio. In his Parade pre-season interview, he revealed that “Survivor” was very meaningful to him because, growing up very poor with parents who worked seven days a week, he often watched the show when he was home alone. “When you grow up poor, you don’t really have the means to explore the world,” Hai said. “And the show allowed me to see so many different people that there were and gave me the opportunity to travel and see these beautiful views that I didn’t have access to within the confines of our apartment.”
Hai has said he will continue to post updates on his story over time.
“Survivor 42” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.
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