Voice and Idol Alum, Jamar Rogers, Intensive Care After Lung Infection

The Voice Season 2 finalist, Jamar Rogers is in intensive care in an L.A. hospital after suffering a lung infection, reports TMZ. Jamar is HIV positive.

TMZ spoke with Jamar’s rep who tells us … the 31-year-old was admitted to the hospital on September 3rd at the urging of his manager.

But the rep says Jamar’s health took a turn for the worse … and on Monday he was listed in critical condition.

Jamar’s rep tells us several friends and family members have reached out to the singer — including his former “Voice” coach CeeLo Green.

We’re told doctors expect Jamar to remain hospitalized for at least another week or so.

The singer also auditioned for American Idol, making it to the Hollywood round in 2009 with his best friend Danny Gokey.

Interestingly, Jamar did not reveal his HIV status to Idol producers. Idol never even mentioned his struggles with drug addiction. But both became central to Jamars Voice backstory.

Get well soon, Jamar.


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  • fuzzywuzzy

    Good luck to Jamar in this battle. The HIV infection weakens the immune system, rendering the person infected with little resistance to diseases that normally wouldn’t be life-threatening.

  • gem2477

    I hope he is able to get through this :(

  • Montavilla

    Sending good thoughts to Jamar. As Fuzzywuzzy said, even a simple infection is very serious with a weakened immune system. Stay strong, Jamar!

  • pj

    Also sending positive vibes and juju to Jamar. I hope he recovers quickly.

  • RedMountainRanch

    With an exception of the Super Strain, a person who routinely takes their antiviral meds can have a solid immune system. You don’t know his T Cell count, viral load or anything else. So, don’t jump to the conclusion it is a weakened immune system that has done this.

    There are plenty of perfectly healthy people who get lung infections this severe. Bacteria, fungi and viral. Fungi lung infections are common and can progressively get worse. In AZ an example is Valley Fever and a 20 year old who has no health issues can be hospitalized with it.

    Anyway, my prayers are with Jamar.

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  • fuzzywuzzy

    You may be right, but there’s a well known connection between HIV and serious lung infections, so it’s not unreasonable to strongly suspect that Jamar’s condition may be HIV-related.

  • RedMountainRanch

    Pneumocystis pneumonia is a lung infection that is possible. It is also caused by a fungus. With modern combination therapy those infections don’t happen nearly as often unless a person remains unmedicated. In fact a person with a high CD4 count above 200 isn’t generally at risk. Pneumocystis pneumonia usually infects those with a CD4 count below 200.





  • fuzzywuzzy

    “those infections don’t happen nearly as often unless a person remains unmedicated.”

    Yes, but they can happen regardless. Thank you for confirming that Jamar’s condition could be related to his HIV infection. Nice to know that you can use google. Do you have your internet MD degree yet? lol

  • RedMountainRanch

    Hahahaha. You are so incredibly ignorant. I treat HIV & AIDS patients regularly. But go with your misinformation dear. I hope you or your loved ones are never impacted by it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Good for you! As for “ignorance”, I really think that since nothing is known about the specifics of Jamar’s condition beyond that it’s a serious lung infection, there’s really no point in getting too technical about anything regarding his condition. And regardless of what you think of me, suffice it to say that you don’t need to be concerned at all about what you perceive as my level of “misinformation”, honey. lol

  • girlygirl

    Get well soon, Jamar!

  • Jordana33

    I think Fuzzywuzzy is correct. HIV+ people with a normal CD4 count are generally not at risk for getting pneumocystis pneumonia, but they are still at a significantly higher risk of developing community-acquired bacterial pneumonias (like streptococcal pneumonia) compared to HIV-negative people. Therefore, if a young 31-year-old HIV+ male develops pneumonia that requires hospitalization, it will more than likely be related to his HIV+ status.

  • Incipit

    “…there’s a well known connection between HIV and serious lung infections.”

    I lost an HIV Positive friend to an “opportunistic lung infection” -sadly, it’s not uncommon.

  • Jordana33

    I’m so sorry to hear that Incipit. But yes….unfortunately it still happens, even with the much improved therapy.

  • Happyhexer

    Who cares WHY Jamar has a lung infection (whether it is related to his HIV status or not)? I just want him to get well! I met him on Danny’s cruise in February and he was so gracious and kind. And he liked my colorful pants, lol! He also gave 200% to his performances each time he was on stage.

    (I know this is “old” news by now, but I’ve been having Internet problems. Anyone know Jamar’s current status?)