Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
New Short Film Unmasks Fear Behind HIV Criminalization
December 8, 2016
The making of the new short documentary, HIV Criminalization: Masking Fear and Discrimination, began in exactly the right place: with people living with HIV themselves, and their personal stories of being prosecuted because of their HIV status.
The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy's Novel Christodora
November 28, 2016
In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. It has the scope of great literature, but Christodora is also a deeply personal chronicle from a man who knows his terrain.
Sleeping With President Donald Trump
November 15, 2016
I am on my feet at the Thanksgiving table, and my fists are slamming into the linen napkins. Silverware is quaking, pottery is rattling. The force of a particularly hard blow to the tabletop sends a dinner roll catapulting from the bread basket.
Aboard the 2016 HIV Cruise Retreat
November 11, 2016
The spirit of the annual HIV Cruise Retreat (also known as "the Poz Cruise" but not associated with POZ Magazine) can be summed up in one enlightening story.
My Gay Love for Monster Movies
October 24, 2016
My first boyhood crush was on a dead man. He was a zombie named Quentin Collins, with eyes that pierced my pubescent gay soul and sideburns the size of the Florida peninsula. He stalked across my TV screen on weekday afternoons at precisely 3:30, when the series "Dark Shadows" introduced me to all manner of vampires, werewolves and ghouls in the early 1970s.
Revisiting My Sad and Trivial Night With Rock Hudson
October 2, 2016
The 31st anniversary of the passing of Rock Hudson brings this memory back again, as it does each year. Maybe I want you to know this sordid tale because I'm still as star-struck and vain as when this happened. Or maybe the memory still brings back fear and melancholy, so repeating it here feels like sharing my favorite ghost story. I'll let you make your own conclusions.
The CDC's Gay Dance Video About HIV Is Flat Out Fabulous
September 27, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous.
My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea and Advocacy
September 22, 2016
Amidst the happy haze of good news about the efficacy of PrEP in preventing new HIV infections and the growing consensus that people living with HIV who are undetectable are not infectious, there is troubling news from the CDC in two new reports about the golden oldies of sexually transmitted infections (STIs): rates of syphilis are on the rise and antibiotics to treat gonorrhea may be nearing the end of their usefulness.
Pregnant Guest Kicked Out of 'Charm Ball' Over Protest Fears
September 19, 2016
When this blogger chose to join protesters at Chase Brexton's annual "Charm Ball" to voice concern over the direction of Baltimore's largest healthcare provider to the LGBT community, there was little doubt there would be some tension at the elegant affair.
Catching Up With Chase Brexton's 'Fired Five'
September 15, 2016
The five managers who were abruptly fired last month without notice by Chase Brexton, Baltimore's largest healthcare provider to the city's most vulnerable populations, met for lunch earlier this week. It was the first in-person meeting of the group since their dismissal in early August.
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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