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‘Welcome to Night Vale’ Host and Narrator Shares HIV Positive Diagnosis

Baldwin opened up for the first time about his diagnosis on a video by seriously.tv.

Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin just took a huge step in speaking publicly for the first time about being HIV positive. The host and narrator of the popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” sat down with Seriously.tv’s Dylan Marron to “shut down bulls**t” and open up about his diagnosis.

The video starts off with Marron making a statement associated with having HIV. “Being HIV negative is ‘clean’ and being HIV positive is ‘dirty,’” he states, with Baldwin replying, “Listen, I’m HIV positive and b***h, I shower every day.”

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The two-minute video aims to discard false beliefs associated with a number of topics or statements that have been expressed in the past. Marron continues the talk by making his next declaration: “HIV is a death sentence.”

“HIV is not a death sentence and was something that was true once upon a time,” Baldwin replies. “But now prevention as a cure is the way we’re moving forward.”

The two also touch on subjects such as the importance of getting tested, news sites outing Olympic athletes and how Donald Trump “will protect LGBTQ folks from ISIS,” which Baldwin replies to by saying, “Donald Trump will not protect anybody unless it makes him money.”

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The clip ends with Baldwin expressing how nervous he was to talk about living with HIV and thanking Marron for being an important part in his decision to finally step out. 

“I feel good,” he tells Marron. “I mean, I was really nervous about talking about this, and we’ve talked about this privately for well over a year, two years. And I think you were a big part in my decision to kind of step up and step out.”

You can watch the video by clicking here.

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