Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
Should AIDS Activists and Pharma Just Get Along?
July 5, 2011
I'm having an identity crisis. Am I an AIDS activist, ready to question authority and demand high standards of service for those living with HIV/AIDS? Or am I a "resource" for the pharmaceutical industry, so that they might craft more effective community programs that will lead AIDS patients "to care"?
Calling HIV Negative Gay Men: This Is Your Time
June 21, 2011
This is directed to HIV negative gay men. Listen carefully. This is your time. I've lived with HIV more than half my life, and people often praise me far more than I deserve, simply for surviving. They use words like brave and courageous. You know what takes courage? Getting an HIV test every few months.
Dab Garner's 30-Year Story of Survival
June 17, 2011
This video is quite simple, really. One man explains to you what happened to him, from becoming one of the first AIDS patients in San Francisco to his life today in the service of others with HIV. Dab Garner has clearly put things into perspective, and his calm manner shows a man at peace with his fate, his survival, and the ghosts around him.
The Hard Facts on Erectile Dysfunction: Pills, Pumps and Prosthetics
March 31, 2011
I suppose it was only a matter of time before HIV fitness guru and hottie Nelson Vergel and I ended up in bed together. After rummaging through my kitchen in a video blog about healthy eating, and then baring our biceps at the gym when he instructed me on weight training, it really was just a matter of time before the proximity was more than he could bear. The man is only human, after all.
A Special Anniversary Episode
March 2, 2011
My father always said, "Raise your hand. Ask the stupid questions. Don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself." If he isn't rolling in his grave today, he's certainly shifting a little, because if there's one thing I've tried to do with my blog it has been to ask basic questions of others -- and reveal everything I can of myself. The result has been a really gratifying experience sharing my life as an HIV-positive gay man in recovery from addiction.
Serosorting, Anyone? Touring an HIV-Positive Gay Sex Club
February 22, 2011
The idea that HIV-positive people still want sex is as old as The Denver Principles, the 1983 manifesto drawn up by people with AIDS that demanded "as full and satisfying a sexual and emotional life as anyone else." The document also stated that people with HIV/AIDS have an ethical responsibility to share their status with others.
AIDS Activism 101: Steps to End the ADAP Crisis
January 31, 2011
Activists held an "emergency summit" this weekend to address the growing AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) crisis, and I'm taking you there. In this video episode of My Fabulous Disease, you'll learn about the panic over ADAP, and exactly what you can do to prevent thousands of AIDS patients from losing access to life saving medications.
Hitting the Gym With HIV Fitness Stud Nelson Vergel
January 24, 2011
So I must have been insane to think appearing in gym clothes standing next to HIV fitness and nutrition expert Nelson Vergel was a good idea. Especially after I've rewarded myself for quitting smoking by gaining 30 pounds. But anything for you, my friends. And besides, the meaning of fitness for me has changed from the size of my biceps to the overall health of my body. For me, that's progress.
Five Things About HIV They're Not Telling You
January 12, 2011
In the early 1990s, I was invited to participate on a roundtable with national HIV/AIDS public health officials. They wanted to gauge what those on the front lines were thinking about HIV prevention campaigns. I gave them an earful.
HIV Nutrition (and Proper Pooping) With Nelson Vergel, Food Detective
January 4, 2011
Nelson Vergel is not impressed with my fridge. Sure, it has double doors and a freezer drawer, but he's criticizing almost every damn thing inside it. Most of the items say "low fat" or "sugar free," but he claims it's all a terrible lie. Oh, and the producers of the "weight control" oatmeal packets in my cupboard are making a fool of me.
My Fabulous Disease
Mark S. King has been an active AIDS activist, writer and community organization leader since the early 1980s in Los Angeles. He has been an outspoken advocate for prevention education and for issues important to those living with HIV.
Diagnosed in 1985, Mark has held positions with the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, AID Atlanta and AIDS Survival Project, and is an award-winning writer. He continues his volunteer work as an AIDS educator and speaker for conferences and events.
Speaking engagements: Mark King is available to speak to groups. Contact Mark about speaking at your organization or event!
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July 7, 2016 - Gay Collective: 'The Virus Divides. It Doesn't Have To.' A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
June 7, 2016 - There's More Room in a Broken Heart: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
June 5, 2016 - Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor -- A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
June 2, 2016 - Checking Privilege at 'HIV Is Not a Crime' 2016: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
May 22, 2016 - The Nearly Naked AIDS Advocate: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
Interviews With Mark:
Mark King Looks Back at the AIDS Epidemic's Darkest Hour in the U.S. (May 14, 2008)
Articles by Mark:
Meth Burial (May 2008)
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