By Lanford Beard
December 14, 2015
The partnership was introduced at an intimate event held at UCLA on World AIDS Day, and the former Who’s the Boss star, 39, follows in the footsteps of other ambassadors, including Colin Farrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Hairspraydirector Adam Shankman and Mean Girls star Daniel Franzese.
Since revealing his HIV-positive status on the Sept. 26 episode of Oprah: Where are They Now?, Pintauro has been actively taking on a role as an activist for his community, including launching a Beacon of Light educational tour.
In a statement from the organization, Pintauro said, “Elizabeth Taylor‘s legacy as the most vehemently dedicated celebrity fighting for people living with HIV/AIDS will live on long after her passing. I hope to continue that legacy, with as much vehemence, as an ambassador for her amazing organization.”
Pintauro shared his first exclusive interview with PEOPLE directly after sitting down with Winfrey.
“I’m coming at this with good intentions and with big goals,” he said at the time. “My goal is to literally go door to door making a difference somehow with both of these topics for the next year.”
And in the January/February 2016 cover of Plus magazine released on Monday, he shared some of those goals.
Saying that he hopes to “get to a place where HIV-positive men who are undetectable can feel proud to say that,” Pintauro added from his own perspective that, “I’m not proud to say I have HIV, but I can be proud to say I’m taking my medications. I’m taking care of myself. I’m healthy and in turn I’m taking care of the people I spend time with.”
And, as he told PEOPLE in September, “Back when the AIDS crisis was happening … we still took good care of each other because we only had each other. We didn’t have all of our other friends and coworkers or any of that to turn to. Now that we’ve gotten to the place, we need to look within again. We need to take a step back, and we need to say, ‘Okay, here’s where we are, and here’s what we need to do to get our community back to that place of taking care of each other.’ ”