Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
Day One at the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012)
July 23, 2012
On the first official day of AIDS 2012, the schedule is light but the party is rolling, with an outdoor concert steps away from the AIDS quilt, dancing dignitaries, and a somewhat surprise ending!
"Gay Day" at AIDS 2012 in Washington, D.C.
July 22, 2012
Since less than 5 percent of the programming for AIDS 2012 is targeting to MSMs (Men who have Sex with Men), a special one-day pre-conference is held the day AIDS 2012 convenes to address the needs and issues of this population.
Bridging the HIV Viral Divide With Friendship
July 18, 2012
Lynne Rhys and I were never supposed to become friends. It was just too unlikely.
Is "Dawson's 20-Load Weekend" the Most Important Gay Porn Film Ever Made?
July 9, 2012
The annual Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco is noted for its unbridled embrace of every star in our sexual constellation. Even the fearless leather community that founded the event can sometimes appear tame amidst the outlandish kinks and clothing -- and lack thereof -- on display along the city's tilted streets.
The Stupid Question: "Are You Clean?"
June 21, 2012
I took a shower this morning. I am clean. I might work out at the gym later, or maybe the trash bag will break on the way outside and I will scoop up coffee grounds and put them back into the bag. I will then be dirty. I will shower again. And I will be clean.
Donna Summer, Coming Out, and How AIDS Changed It All
May 21, 2012
The music my friends liked when I was a teenager intimidated me. It was the head-banging rock of the early seventies, and it felt alien and unappetizing. Most of all, it just felt ... straight, in a way I knew I could never be. Alone in my room, I listened to my beloved Broadway musicals, and resigned myself to the fact that popular music would never really speak to me.
Remembering, and Saying Her Name
April 9, 2012
In the Summer of 2008, I received a curious package from Bonnie Goldman, the editor of TheBody.com. Inside was a Flip video camera, what was then a new-fangled device that allowed you to take video footage with a camera the size of a pack of cigarettes.
HIV Criminalization Faceoff: One Poz Man and His Accuser
January 30, 2012
What if you could witness a face-to-face confrontation between a man living with HIV and the sex partner accusing him of not revealing his status? Wouldn't you like to be a fly on that wall? The fireworks could be mighty, as emotions raged between the furious accuser and the positive person trying to defend his actions. What might that meeting look like, exactly?
The "My Fabulous Disease" Holiday Spectacular!
December 7, 2011
My mother's home here in Shreveport, Louisiana, has been fraught with excitement the last few days. Christmas decorations littered the living room, the almond scent of cookies filled the air, and last-minute phone calls and arrangements made it all feel like a major production was underway.
Addiction: The Disease More Likely to Kill Me
November 29, 2011
Florida highways have lovely rest stops. You would expect that from the Turnpike, where toll booths charge a premium every so often, but the manicured picnic areas continue even as you drive further north and onto I-75. I'm on a cement bench in a concession area, chomping down corn chips and a Mountain Dew, away from the dog walkers and the families gathered at picnic tables, when I notice that my jeans are gathered sloppily around my waistline, cinched so much tighter than before. How much smaller has my waist become in such short a time? I wonder. One inch? Two?
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 13, 2015 - My Gonorrhea Nostalgia: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
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January 6, 2015 - 15 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2015: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
August 4, 2014 - AIDS 2014 Video Blog: A Farewell, and Final Thoughts on Melbourne
July 25, 2014 - AIDS 2014 Video Blog #5: Activist Theater, Condom Tryouts and a Mystery Man Revealed
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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