Blanco announced his status on Facebook, saying he has lived with the disease for the entirety of his career, and the weight of his secret was no longer sustainable.
"Ive [sic] been HIV Positive since 2011, my entire career. f*** stigma and hiding in the dark, this is my real life. I'm healthy I've toured the world 3 times but ive [sic] been living in the dark, its time to actually be as punk as i say I am… no more living a lie. HAPPY PRIDE."
"…its a law of physics u cannot be in the light and the dark at the same time… hiding, being afraid of stigma is exhausting, we are souls not image's… its just today for everyone else knowing but its been 5 years for me, meds, garlic, limes, yogurt lol world travel. I just cant be an image living in fear having people call me brave and it being a lie [sic]."
He continued to talk about his condition on Twitter, and his main point — that he has achieved too much while living with HIV to continue hiding it — is so powerful.
It is easier for me now living HIV Positive for 5 years to make the statement to say it then it maybe for you to receive it— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
as human beings everything in our lives are interconnected, you can't hide something and not see the negative affects in other areas— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
It finally hit me...I've achieved too much while being HIV Positive to be hiding from this insane society lol— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
Like I have to much Swag to not be honest about myself and continue to have swag— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
Was I really gonna let a society this nuts judge me for being HIV Positive? ...... NAH lol— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
Thank you for your support and i aint been laying low this year for no reason, SIKED to drop these new projects with the label this summer— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
Blanco's confession is so important because it could help others see they don't have to live in the shadows anymore. We wish him many years of good health.
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