Howard Brown Health, an LGBTQ health organization based in Chicago, released a cover of Salt-N-Pepa’s iconic song with a spin on the title, “Let’s Talk About PrEP.” Through the catchy song, the organization is hoping to raise awareness for PrEP in the fight against HIV.
“Howard Brown Health is thrilled to present this exciting music video as an advocacy and awareness platform for HIV prevention,” Erik Roldan, Director of Communications for Howard Brown Health, said in a release. “‘Let’s Talk about PrEP’ is both a celebration and a call to action – we are on the precipice of an HIV-free generation, and PrEP is one of the tools we need to get us there.” Roldan also mentions that we must continue PrEP access specifically in communities of color, like the south side of Chicago, who are often underserved.
Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest and provides primary healthcare, social services and screenings to more than 32,000 people each year. They have 10 clinics across the city of Chicago.
Keeping in the Chicago theme, the song is performed by a trans Chicago-based rapper KC Ortiz and features gay rapper Big Dipper.
“This song is about conversation – we need to talk about PrEP and HIV in our community,” said KC Ortiz. “When we talk to our partners and our loved ones about sexual health, we are eliminating stigma. Let’s talk about sex. Let’s talk about HIV. Let’s talk about PrEP.”
This song and music video came at the perfect time — right in the middle of the Break The Patent movement, which is a group of activists who are urging the FDA to break the Truvada patent in order to make the prevention drug more accessible.
Check out the video for “Let’s Talk about PrEP” below: