Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
AIDS 2014 Video Blog #1: At MSM Global Forum, the Shock of Tragedy and the Road Forward
July 20, 2014
So little was yet known about the details of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy, but the loss was deeply felt in very tangible ways. Colleagues of the Global Forum had been lost in the crash. One of the scheduled speakers would not be giving her presentation; she had been on the flight.
Go Down Under With Mark S. King's Video Blogs From AIDS 2014
July 9, 2014
When TheBody.com sent me to Vienna in 2010 for the International AIDS Conference, it was profound for me in more ways than one. I had found my calling as a video blogger, and I will never forget how exhilarating it felt to share the sights and sounds of the massive event with viewers.
My Career as a Phone Sex Operator During the Dawn of AIDS
May 19, 2014
May is National Masturbation Month -- Hurry, folks! Only a few days left to celebrate! -- and I will admit to feeling smug, because I have more experience with gay men masturbating than anyone else I know.
When People With HIV Became Suicide Bombers
April 2, 2014
Maybe we should blame the criminal prosecutions of people with HIV on the mythical legend of Gaetan Dugas, also known by his slanderous nickname, Patient Zero. Dugas was a gay flight attendant from Canada who, according to Randy Shilts' 1987 book And the Band Played On, was among the first people with HIV in the United States.
Will HIV Ever Be Safe Enough for You?
March 11, 2014
There is a classic episode of Oprah from 1987 that can still raise my blood pressure. That year, the tiny town of Williamson, West Virginia, became part of a national discussion about AIDS when Mike Sisco, who had returned to his home town to die of the disease, dared to step into a public pool.
Our Problem With Being "CURED" of HIV
February 28, 2014
In the late 1980s, I let this odd, fussy man into my office at LA Shanti, my first AIDS agency job. He seemed earnest and harmless and he just wanted a few minutes of my time. "I have the cure for AIDS," he politely announced. Sadly, he wasn't the first person to say that to me, but we practiced more suspension of disbelief during that wretched decade so making such a statement wasn't immediate cause for removal from my office.
The Sound and Fury of the HIV Prevention Pill Debate (and the Facts to Win It)
January 27, 2014
When the drug Truvada achieved FDA approval in July of 2012 as a medication to prevent HIV infection among people who are negative (a strategy known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP), it's as if the ghosts of naysayers from the 1960s rose from their resting places, delighted and re-energized, and began drilling their mid-century objections into the hearts and minds of contemporary society.
HIV Treatment Activist Nelson Vergel Faces Down Cancer
January 9, 2014
"You are probably wondering why I have been so quiet the last few weeks ..." the message began. Vergel, a trained chemical engineer who devoted himself to HIV treatment advocacy after testing positive in 1985, had a troubling explanation for his online absence. A diagnosis of cancer.
Erasing Gay Men From AIDS History
December 17, 2013
Kenneth Cole's appearance on Chelsea Lately last week was meant to promote the documentary he produced about the history of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (The Battle of amfAR). Instead, the shoe designer insulted gay activists everywhere.
Honoring Our AIDS History -- Without Punishing Younger Gay Men
November 23, 2013
Lesley was my closest friend to become sick in the 1980s, and he fought bravely until his death from AIDS. Today, World AIDS Day is an opportunity to remember Lesley and honor his struggle -- although I call up memories of Lesley, my first friend lost to the epidemic, nearly every day.
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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February 23, 2015 - The First Man Cured of HIV to Join the HIV Cruise Retreat: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
February 3, 2015 - Our Transgender Teachable Moment: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
January 13, 2015 - My Gonorrhea Nostalgia: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
January 13, 2015 - The Disguised Blessings of HIV-Positive Poet Mary Bowman: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
January 6, 2015 - 15 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2015: 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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