"Voice" Star Says Meth Use Led to HIV | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

"Voice" Star Says Meth Use Led to HIV

Jamar Rogers, who stars on NBC's hit show, The Voice, says he contracted HIV during his addiction to meth.


Jamar Rogers performs on The Voice. Photo via

By Valerie Tejeda


| Share

Bronx singer Jamar Rogers is taking his shot at music stardom on NBC’s The Voice. The 29-year-old struggled with addiction to crystal meth; he's been sober for six years, but sadly contracted HIV through his past drug use. “I really do believe I’m the comeback kid,” said Rogers, just before taking the stage to perform the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" well enough to get judge Cee Lo Green to take him on to his team. This isn’t the first time Rogers has been seen on TV; three years ago he auditioned for American Idol. The producers there knew of his past drug use, but not of his HIV diagnosis. "I did talk to them about the drug use. I was very candid...But I was not in a comfortable place to talk about being HIV-positive. I was worried that the producers would find out, and I hadn't come to terms with it myself,” said Rogers. “I had to finally just stand up and face the music. And one of the ways I did that was by volunteering at some amazing organizations in New York that dealt with people who were living with HIV, and I began to see other human faces for it, and it began to change my own prejudices." Since his audition aired Monday night, the singer has been overwhelmed by supportive messages from fans. “I can't believe I was scared for so long,” he says. “Because people...are so supportive, man, and I just can't believe it. I can't believe how cool people are being."

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv