The HIV Hop

The HIV Hop campaign has been developed by the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health in the Northern English city of Sheffield as a general public awareness campaign aimed at people in Sheffield to reduce stigma and misconceptions around HIV transmission for World AIDS Day.

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Fight prejudice, reduce stigma – you can’t catch HIV from kissing, hugging, or sharing drinks.

The Centre for HIV & Sexual Health in Sheffield, UK would like to thank: The Leadmill, COW vintage clothing, Anjan Sarkar, MUTE art, Geo Law, xHaStexo, Big Dog Studios, and Future Writers Music, MC HIVHOP and Friends and diva creative.

LYRICS: Kissing, Hugging, Sharing drinks,
Handshakes, High Fives, Smiles and winks

I wasn’t always cool as people see me right here.
I’ll take you back into my story, then we’ll share us a beer.

I used to straight freak out about getting infected
But I found that my prejudices got me rejected.
I was fearful and paranoid of getting diseases
Scared of getting HIV cause of my ignorant thesis

I thought: Kissing, Hugging, Sharing drinks,
Would give me HIV so I’d just go ape
Cause a ruckus in the place cutting scandalous shapes.

Kissing, Hugging, Sharing drinks,
Everybody would avoid me, ‘Yeah that guy’s a total douche’.
Handshakes, High Fives, Smiles and winks
I was forever alone because I didn’t know the truth!

Kissing, Hugging, Sharing drinks,
I got bounced by the bouncers, but as soon as they clutched me
Handshakes, High Fives, Smiles and winks
I started crying like a baby saying “please don’t touch me!!!”

I’d wear latex gloves to shake hands with anybody
Just inside case the HI-Virus tried to get in my body
Like that dude in Aviator filmed by Martin Scorsese
Simple social situations had me acting like crazy

A guy touched me on the shoulder,
Said, ‘why you having a sulk?’
But I just turned around and flipped like the incredible hulk.

I wore a surgical mask, cause I was scared of the germs,
But you can’t catch it from coughing, though you can catch it from sperm.
Matter fact, yo, if we really getting into it
There’s a risk of HIV from any sexual fluid.

But not: Kissing, Hugging, Sharing drinks,
There’s a party going on but I’m never invited
Handshakes, High Fives, Smiles and winks
I was behaving like a fool cuz I was so short-sighted

Kissing, Hugging, Sharing drinks,
A hottie would come over, say they’re liking my style
Handshakes, High Fives, Smiles and winks
But the thought of being kissed had me running a mile.

My friends said I was silly,
And they said, “You’re silly.
You won’t get HIV
unless they’re bouncin’ on your willy.

And even then you just gotta be prepared,
Use a condom everytime and just take good care.
That was a bigger revelation than the first cordless phone
But it was too late and I spent another night alone.

I’d assume things ’bout people with HIV
But we all know assuming makes an ASS of U and of ME.
It took a couple of my buddies to put me in the right,
That discriminatin’s hatin’, and since I saw the light, I’ve been

Kissing, Hugging, Sharing drinks,
Handshakes, High Fives, Smiles and winks
It’s a reality check with a capital C
You gotta know the facts about HIV

Kissing, Hugging, Sharing drinks,
Handshakes, High Fives, Smiles and winks
If the thought of HIV has you hitting the deck
Holla at me and I’ll write you a reality cheque.

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