Mykki Blanco took to Facebook on Friday, June 12, to reveal that he is HIV positive.
Blanco shared details of his diagnosis. Check out his Facebook post below:
“Ive been HIV Positive since 2011, my entire career. fuck stigma and hiding in the dark, this is my real life. I’m healthy I’ve toured the world 3 times but ive been living in the dark, its time to actually be as punk as i say I am.”
Blanco thanked those who shared their support in the comments section. He went further to tell one Facebook commentator that “it’s been 5 years for me, meds garlic, limes, yogurt lol world tour.”
“Hiding, being afraid of stigma is exhausting, we are souls not images,” he says of his reveal.
The artist — who identifies as transgender and has been an active LGBT rights activist — mentioned in the same post that some in the music industry may not respond positively to his announcement, and his interest in a different creative field.
“The music industry ain’t gonna like i admitted this so if a curator could help me move more into the art world that would be awesome.”