The HIV Hop





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Published on Nov 27, 2012

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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.


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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