Michael Henry is known for his comedy videos, so when he decided to make a discussion of HIV the focus of his newest clip, he was nervous. The comedian said he was met with stares of discomfort and confusion when he first told friends about the idea, but that only convinced him that he had to move forward.
It also gave him the the concept for the video itself: How discomforted people are talking about the virus—even queer people.
“Are you going to be the idiot in the video who doesn’t know anything about HIV even though you’re in your late 30s?” asks drag queen Roz Drezfolez.
But there is real talk, too.
Asked what the stupidest thing anyone’s said to him about his being HIV-positive, Finding Prince Charming’s Eric Leonardos replies, “You look good. You look healthy. You’re gonna live a long time.”
“My intention with this video was to show people you can have a conversation with your friends about HIV, even if you don’t know all the facts. And those conversations can also include some humor, jabs and smiles,” Henry wrote on Mic. “I think this lack of dialogue with our peers makes us not quite as informed on the facts of HIV and AIDS as we should be.”