YouTube comedian Michael Henry is reaching out to the LGBT community and asking them important questions about HIV — or, at least, he tries in his latest video featuring Eric Leonardos, who graces the cover of Plus magazine’s latest issue.
Known for his dry, witty, and often brutally honest comedy, Henry sets his latest video at the scene of a party where he asks friends about HIV. While some of them appear to know a lot on the subject, many of them show to be a bit uneducated (an unfortunate reality in today's world).
Wrapped within the context of comedy, Henry achieves the noble job of highlighting the importance of talking about HIV, using our knowledge and experience as a device to forward education on safer sex practices as well as PrEP, and the reality that poz folks who are undetectable cannot transmit the virus to HIV-negative partners.
In fact, these messages are being missed not only by many members of the LGBT community, but also by health providers. Earlier this year, AIDS United, the nation’s largest and longest-running coalition of community-based HIV/AIDS groups, released a statement urging clinical providers and educators to share the “Undetectable = Untransmitable” message.
For Henry, what better way to spread this message than through comedy?
At one point in the video, Henry asks Leonardos, “What’s the stupidest thing anyone’s ever asked you about HIV?”
“You look good. You look healthy. You’re gonna live a long time,” Leonardos responds, to which Henry replies, checking out Leonardo’s biceps: “You… definitely look healthier than me.”
Directed by Paul McGovern Jr., the video also features Jamison Scala, Varut Chee, Ron Drezfalez, Nathan Ramos, Chad Westbrook, Andre Seward, Maxwell Esposito, and Seth Daniel.
Check out the video below, and don’t forget to subscribe to Michael Henry’s YouTube page HERE.