Fresh off a sickening season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, America’s reigning drag superstar Bob the Drag Queen is already hard at work. And she’s now serving fierce PSA realness.
In “Oh Hey, Prepare Yourself!”, a video released Sunday, Bob the Drag Queen (not to be confused with Bob the Chiropractor) urges people to take the anti-HIV medication PrEP, short for pre-exposure prophylaxis. “Oh hey! Prepare yourself! There is a once-a-day pill called PrEP,” she starts. “And it’s been shown to lower the risk of getting HIV by more than 90 percent” she says, even making “pre-exposure prophylaxis” sound sexy.
The minute-long video has a ’90s C+C Music Factory feel and shows Bob talking to the camera and dancing around seven other dancers, all dressed in white. There is even a little voguing thrown in for good measure.
The video is part of #HIVBEATS a campaign from Greater than AIDS, a non-profit launched in 2009 by the Kaiser Family Foundation with the Black AIDS Institute, whose goal is to bring information and inspire action to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The “Purse First” legend reminds us how easy it is to be on PrEP: “Any doctor can prescribe PrEP, but not all doctors know about PrEP, darling. You can find a PrEP-friendly doctor in your neighborhood by going to getprep.greaterthan.org.”
“Are you PREPared?”, Bob asked on Twitter.
— Black Lives Still Matter (@thatonequeen) June 5, 2016
Five other artists also released a video for #HIVBEATS this week: Gay for Play’s Todrick Hall, transgender artist Zachary Drucker and YouTube stars Catrific, Amber’s Closet, and Davey Wavey.