MTV Staying Alive celebrated 15 years of fighting HIV with Lianne La Havas

Last month, MTV Staying Alive celebrated 15 years of fighting HIV with a star-studded fundraising gala in London. Serenading the guests with her soulful melodies was the amazing Lianne La Havas. We had the chance to catch up with Lianne just before she hit the stage. Check out what she had to say…

MTV Staying Alive Foundation: Why is it so important for you to perform at an event like this tonight?

Lianne La Havas: Well it’s to do with a cause [HIV] that no matter what age you are really, it’s important. If we can raise some awareness and some funds for this then I’m happy to be a part of it.

MTVSAF: How important do you think it is for celebrities to use their status to encourage safe sex amongst young people?

LLH: I think it’s very important. If someone has a presence in our consciousness then things that they say will resonate with their fans or people that are aware of them, so I think if you can use that kind of status for positive gain, then it’s a good thing.

MTVSAF: Do you find it quite scary that young people have never known a world without HIV?

LLH: That is scary! But it’s so easily solved and prevented that I feel like the education of how to prevent it needs to be there so that the next generation will benefit from that.

MTVSAF: What was the weirdest sexual myth you ever believed when you were younger?

LLH: That you can’t get pregnant if you go on top…

MTVSAF: Really?

LLH: People have said that, and I believed it, not for a very long time…obviously.

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