Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
Sean McKenna: Life With AIDS Isn't So Damn 'Fabulous'
April 21, 2017
Last December I attended the most moving, transcendent World AIDS Day program I have witnessed in years. That's not saying much, of course. These evenings are usually well-meaning but maudlin, featuring tearful eulogies while we hold up candles that drip on our fingers and we revisit personal losses that I put to rest a long time ago. Okay, clearly I have issues with grief.
The Irony of Aging: The HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference
March 22, 2017
Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor's office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn't schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn't a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year.
32 Years Ago Today, Everything Changed
March 15, 2017
Thirty-two years ago today, a friend called me. He worked as a nurse in a doctor's office and had administered the brand-new HIV antibody test to me after hours, all very hush-hush. There were no treatments for the new virus, only fear and mortality. And my friend told me I was HIV positive.
That Time 37 Years Ago I Won a Car on The Price Is Right
February 24, 2017
What If I Told You the Project Inform Staff Was Hilarious?
February 22, 2017
Throughout the earliest years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, I deeply admired the fierce intellect of the late Martin Delaney, the researcher and advocate who, among many other historic accomplishments, founded Project Inform, the HIV treatment advocacy group with intimate ties to the community.
Bruce Richman Is Totally Hot and Other HIV Activism Truths
February 7, 2017
My friend Charles Sanchez is the creator of the musical web series Merce, about an HIV positive New Yorker. But enough about him. Charles and I constantly argue about which one of us has spoken to Bruce Richman most recently, and for how long. Bruce also lives in New York so Charles appears to have the upper hand, but I'm convinced my calls with Bruce are more intimate and consequential.
Examining Death, Including the One I Caused
January 25, 2017
My memorial service will be fabulous, I can assure you of that. I first outlined it during the initial, deadly wave of AIDS in the 1980s, and have edited it here and there over the years, updating the songs I would like played or the video footage shown.
Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017
January 10, 2017
Activists Maintain Pressure After Chase Brexton CEO Resigns
December 29, 2016
Five Reasons 'HIV Undetectable' Must Equal 'Untransmittable'
December 15, 2016
How wonderful that something many of us have assumed for years has been proven to be true. So now we can spread the news and encourage people with HIV to seek treatment and stick with it. And hey, there's nothing like a little intercourse a la natural with your partner to reward yourself for being undetectable, am I right?
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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November 28, 2017 - The World AIDS Day Anthem We Really Need Has Just Arrived: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
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
October 23, 2017 - After Louie Film Review: An AIDS Survivor, Barely Surviving -- 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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