Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
A Cure for AIDS: The HIV Advocates Turning Hope Into Action
June 24, 2013
My first "AIDS job" in 1987 was at the first AIDS organization in Los Angeles, LA Shanti, and we provided emotional support to clients with AIDS who were usually in their last weeks of life. The intimacy our trained volunteers experienced with the dying, helping them find some inner peace as they left us, is worthy of its own blog posting sometime. Let's just say it was intense.
The Trouble With Praising HIV Negative Gay Men
June 20, 2013
National HIV Testing Day is next Thursday, June 27, and there is no better time to praise the many HIV negative gay men who are making smart decisions to remain that way. Hooray, HIV negative gay men! Let's show some love for our negative brothers, who's with me?
Is There Pride in Being HIV Positive?
June 7, 2013
During my new video blog episode, below, someone asks me incredulously if I would actually march down the street telling people I was HIV positive.
HIV Stigma, Gay Men and the Fabulous Wizard of 'POZ'
June 6, 2013
Every month or so, a group of people in my area host "poz socials," a house party for people living with HIV. I found myself at one recently, because I thought it was important to make an appearance since becoming a literary superstar.
How the "Denver Principles" Changed HIV/AIDS -- and Health Care -- Forever
June 6, 2013
You must know this, because it matters. Because it has already changed your life, no matter who you are, and you may not even realize it. Because as we search for a new national voice for people living with HIV (since the ugly demise of The National Association of People with AIDS), and as LGBT community leaders pledge to re-commit themselves to HIV issues, the voice of people with HIV matters more than ever.
The New National Voice of People With HIV Is ...
May 24, 2013
At a recent town hall forum in Washington, DC for people living with HIV, the very idea of what it means to be positive -- and who is our national voice of advocacy -- was questioned. With the demise of The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) earlier this year, it's an important conversation to have.
Revisiting My Sad and Trivial Night With Rock Hudson
April 3, 2013
Over and over, footage of Rock Hudson standing next to Doris Day was playing on television, and he looked ghastly. His skin was wrinkled and sunken as if by very old age. It was 1985, and it was one of the last close-up images most of us would ever see of the movie icon. And it was terrifying.
HIV and Gay Media: The Vanishing Virus
February 27, 2013
The turning point could be traced to August of 1998. It was the month that, for the first time in well over a decade, the Bay Area Reporter did not have a single AIDS obituary submitted for publication. The promise of protease inhibitor medications had been realized, and it felt for many that our long community nightmare was coming to a close.
Treating My Facial Wasting With Artefill
January 16, 2013
For several years now, I've made the occasional pilgrimage to Vero Beach, Florida, to be treated by Dr. Gerald Pierone for facial wasting, or lipoatrophy. And for all of these years, we have battled The Look: the sunken cheeks and sagging face of someone who has been on HIV medications for a long time. In my latest video blog below, you're going to see our progress, step by step.
The Night Don Lemon Hugged Me
December 13, 2012
Our first meeting on-camera was six years ago. The memory of it pains me still, despite my enthusiasm for appearing on national television for any reason whatsoever.
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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November 21, 2017 - Antron Reshaud Olukayode Died of AIDS. We Must Say It.
November 13, 2017 - BPM (Beats Per Minute) is the Sexiest Damn Film of 2017. Period. A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
November 6, 2017 - This HIV Survivor Quit Smoking to Vape. Don't Judge. A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
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Mark King Looks Back at the AIDS Epidemic's Darkest Hour in the U.S. (May 14, 2008)
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