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Mark S. King

My Fabulous Disease

The Real Poz Guys of Atlanta
February 23, 2010

Antron, James, Eric and Craig stopped by to help make my infamous brownies, and (thanks to my best friend Charles on camera) our evening is well documented in this intimate episode. Topics included sex and online cruising, doctors, and what they really think of the messages you post about them in the comments section!

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A Facial Wasting Update
February 2, 2010

There was a lot of interest in my earlier video blog "Treating My Facial Wasting," so I wanted to give you an update by taking you along on my third visit to Dr. Gerald Pierone.

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Serosorting and Sex Clubs
January 4, 2010

When I was sleeping around, I gladly shared my HIV status because I preferred other poz partners. It meant less anxiety and probably unprotected sex, which I preferred. While my sex partner count has been reduced to 1 these days, it turns out my former sexual strategy has a name: serosorting. Seeking out partners who share your HIV status.

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Drag and Gratitude
December 15, 2009

This holiday season I am grateful for people like you who view my blog and make comments of support or feedback. Thank you, my friends. This episode has nothing more to offer but to make you smile, and help you remember that "we all have gifts in our bag."

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When My T Cells Are Old and Gray
December 2, 2009

Then again, I've been blessed with surviving HIV for more than 25 years. I should be grateful. I'm of two minds about this, so I let them both battle it out in my new video blog. Along the way we'll discuss spray tans, butt padding and Donny Osmond. Have a look and let me know where you stand -- do you think living life fully means having the right to complain about it?

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My Search for Meaning
May 27, 2009

When I got my first position at an HIV/AIDS organization in 1987, I thought the job would be my last. I was HIV positive, living in Los Angeles and surrounded by fear and dying. How could I possibly be here to type this blog to you now?

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You Gotta Have Friends
April 22, 2009

Thirty years ago I was a skinny college freshman at the University of New Orleans who had no idea that a fellow student would become a brother to me. Charles was the first friend I told when I tested HIV positive. The value of his friendship was something I took for granted through years of drug addiction (and as lovers came and went). Somehow we've remained constants in each other's lives even as I moved around the country. And just how good a friend is Charles today? Good enough to spend hours at my house, behind a camera, quietly filming a wild night of discussion, gossip and secrets that became this video blog.

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Treating My Facial Wasting
March 25, 2009

I've lived with HIV for more than 25 years and I'm grateful for that. But my face belies my good fortune. I've begun developing "the look" of a long-term survivor -- the telltale troughs in my face (facial lipoatrophy) that bear witness to my history of taking HIV medications.

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Mark's R-Rated S.E.X. Blog
January 28, 2009

When I got my nipples pierced about three years ago, I was fresh out of drug rehab and wanted to make a provocative gesture that said "They can take away the meth but I'm still a sexual being, dammit!" Getting solid gold rings only added to the "investment" in my acting out. And, yeah, piercing unlikely places on your body ... hurts.

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The Drug Addict Takes a Holiday
January 13, 2009

As carefully as I manage my HIV meds and doctor appointments, I manage my recovery from crystal meth addiction. "Recovery" means different things to people and those facing addiction find help in various ways -- 12-step programs, therapy, their church or faith -- and I'm not going to promote one or the other. I'll simply say that being vigilant and accepting myself as a crystal meth addict in recovery is vital, and the consequences of ignoring it are more dangerous than even my HIV diagnosis.

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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.

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Mark King Looks Back at the AIDS Epidemic's Darkest Hour in the U.S. (May 14, 2008)

This Month in HIV: Crystal Methamphetamine and HIV (August 2007)

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