Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
The Man Who Buried Them Remembers
January 12, 2016
When he conducted the funerals, Tom Bonderenko tells me, he always wore his priestly garments and white stole. Even when no one showed up for the graveside service.
16 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2016
January 6, 2016
They come from nearly every corner of the world. They are engaged in local communities and on the international scene. They include mothers, artists, a fugitive, a performer, and a drug smuggler. They are speaking out, acting up, and in some cases risking their personal safety and liberty.
Five Things I Learned Aboard the Poz Cruise
December 21, 2015
Each year, several hundred people living with HIV -- primarily gay men, with a happy sprinkling of straight women and our supporters -- embark on the HIV Cruise Retreat ("The Poz Cruise") for a week of fun and frolic on the high seas. The event started with a group of HIV positive friends and has grown enormously over more than a dozen years. The week is organized by one travel agent and a team of dedicated volunteers (and that includes me as one of the hosts and MC).
The Charlie Sheen Moment You Probably Missed
November 19, 2015
The subtle moment came during the second segment of Matt Lauer's explosive interview with actor Charlie Sheen. It impressed me so deeply I actually backed up my recording and watched it twice more.
Why I Wiped HIV Off My Face
October 30, 2015
Some years ago, I told someone that I was HIV positive before I agreed to his invitation for a date. "Yeah, I know," he casually replied, and then he looked a little embarrassed, as if he shouldn't have said it. It was too late, of course; I knew exactly what he meant. He could tell my HIV status by my face.
Recovering From Meth, Rebuilding a Sex Life
September 30, 2015
For more than a decade I was an active crystal meth addict. They were the darkest years of my life.
The 2015 United States Conference on AIDS (Video)
September 15, 2015
Not to get all Southern gothic on you, but I depend upon the kindness of strangers. Especially when producing video blogs at conferences.
Comedy and HIV: A (Funny) Conversation
August 19, 2015
Did you hear the one about the musical comedy with HIV?
The Wonderful, Stigma-Bashing Wizards of Poz
August 18, 2015
Australian Nic Holas 33, co-created the social and advocacy platform for people living with HIV, The Institute of Many (TIM) only weeks after he tested HIV positive in 2012, and it nurtures exactly the kind of peer support that so many advocates find the most effective.
5 Reasons to Take the HIV Test Right Now
June 29, 2015
Sometimes it's helpful to get back to basics, and there is no more basic, effective tool to fight the HIV epidemic than to encourage testing. How long has it been for you, my friend? Here are five important facts about HIV testing that I hope will convince you to get busy and get tested -- again.
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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January 10, 2017 - Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017 -- A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
December 29, 2016 - Activists Maintain Pressure After Chase Brexton CEO Resigns: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
December 15, 2016 - Five Reasons 'HIV Undetectable' Must Equal 'Untransmittable': A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
December 8, 2016 - New Short Film Unmasks Fear Behind HIV Criminalization: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
November 28, 2016 - The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy's Novel Christodora: 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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