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Rapper Mykki Blanco just made a courageous confession on his Facebook page

"Ive been HIV-positive since 2011, my entire career."

Mar 1, 2020, 1:34 am*

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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Rapper and performance artist Mykki Blanco, best known for tracks like “Wavvy” and “Haze.Boogie.Life,” has come out as HIV positive. 

“Ive been HIV Positive since 2011, my entire career,” Blanco wrote on Facebook. “f**k 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, who identifies as multigendered and currently uses male pronouns, has always been open about being a queer artist in the rap scene, though he eschews being labeled a “queer rapper.” He was similarly open about his HIV status, discussing the topic at length on Twitter and viewing it as the final step toward achieving total freedom and openness in his career: 

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Screengrab via Mykki Blanco/YouTube

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*First Published: Jun 15, 2015, 11:34 am