Actor Nathaniel Hall reveals the real-life HIV diagnosis

It’s a Sin star Nathaniel Hall, who plays Donald Bassett on the Channel 4 series, has spoken of his own real-life HIV diagnosis.

The activist-turned-actor was told he had the human immunodeficiency virus when he was only 16 years old.

Everything you need to know is here.

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It’s a Sin Donald: Who is Actor Nathaniel Hall?

Nathaniel is an actor, playwright and HIV activist from Manchester.

His solo show First Time won awards and received great recognition on tour and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.

The show is about his life with HIV.

It will tour the UK in 2021.

He is a gay man living with HIV.

It’s a Sin Donald: Who is Ritchie’s Boyfriend?

Nathaniel portrays Donald Bassett in episode three of It’s a Sin on Channel 4.

Donald is Ritchie Tozer’s first friend.

It’s a central relationship for Ritchie, who denies the dangers of HIV.

Ritchie and Donald have an intense affair – until Ritchie notices a brown stain on Donald’s back.

Unfortunately, the brand is a sign that the character has HIV.

The brown mole-like spots are a symptom of Kaposi’s sarcoma, a condition that occurs in the later stages of HIV.

Donald eventually leaves London after being cruelly dumped without explanation.

Ritchie wonders if by the end of episode three (Friday, February 5, 2021) he might have contracted HIV from Donald.

Nathaniel Hall as Donald Bassett in It’s a Sin (Credit: Channel 4)

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Does Nathaniel Hall have HIV?

Nathaniel was diagnosed with HIV when he was just 16 years old.

He is 34 now.

He speaks openly about how he contracted the virus the first time he had sex.

He was diagnosed with HIV positive two weeks before his 17th birthday.

He told Radio One’s Life Hacks, “I haven’t told anyone, I haven’t told my family. I’ve lived with all of this shame and stigma that weighed heavily on me. “

Nathaniel went on to say that at 16 he thought he was an adult.

He explains: “I have a nice, safe and civil background. I was Head Boy at my school, I was a straight student. “

However, after starting a relationship with an older man during his training, he contracted HIV.

He says, “It was like a slap in the face. It was a wake up call. Suddenly I was like a child in an adult’s world. “

Nathaniel now only takes one tablet a day and his HIV-negative partner is taking the antiretroviral drug PrEP.

It’s a Sin Donald: What Was Nathaniel Hall In?

Nathaniel’s role as Donald is his first appearance on television.

Actor Callum Scott Howells, who plays Colin, is also a TV newbie.

Nathaniel Hall as Donald Bassett in It's a Sin
Nathaniel Hall and Olly Alexander share an intimate scene on It’s a Sin (Credit: Channel 4)

It is a third consequence of sin

The third episode of It’s a Sin is particularly harrowing as more and more people in the Friends group are dying of HIV and AIDS.

And when one of them gets sick, they need to gather together like never before.

More than six million viewers saw the Channel 4 drama on All 4, which made it a huge hit.

The Terrence Higgins Trust has shown that more and more people are signing up for HIV testing thanks to the show.

It’s an episode of Sin that will air on Channel 4 on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9 p.m.

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