Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor
June 5, 2016
"I know someone who died," she says in the hushed tone reserved for tales of mortality. Her friend looks up from his phone. "He was a good friend of my brother," she goes on. "He was killed in a motorcycle accident a few months ago. It was just awful." As her friend offers words of comfort, my own thoughts produce a rueful smile and a nagging question.
Checking Privilege at 'HIV Is Not a Crime' 2016
June 2, 2016
The issues of race, gender and privilege crackled through the recent HIV Is Not a Crime (II) conference like a live wire, throwing sparks at every turn. From the main stage to the hallways, attendees called out white classism, the utter failure of the criminal justice system (unless its purpose is solely to imprison black men), and what it truly means to be an ally of marginalized communities.
The Nearly Naked AIDS Advocate
May 22, 2016
When Benjamin "Ben" Ryan began taking dance classes ten years ago, the personal venture was a complete whim. After all, he was in his late twenties at the time -- ancient for a beginning dancer -- and by his own admission, was "just awful" for the first few years of classes. And nothing about his vocation as a writer specializing in the science of HIV suggested that Gene Kelly was trapped inside.
Into the Desert, After the Bomb
May 12, 2016
The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases
April 27, 2016
The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. "Isn't it true," he asked, "that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?"
Mr. Gay World Entry Gets Personal on PrEP and Testing Poz
April 18, 2016
When Sadiq Ali heard about a clinical trial for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) happening in the United Kingdom in 2013, the athletic 26-year old hesitated. He worried about what starting PrEP might say to people about his sexual behavior. The stigma he associated with being on the prevention pill was just too much for him.
The Sound of Stigma
April 12, 2016
Stigma is insidiously quiet. It is conjured in the mind, born of discomfort and fear, and then it is projected at "the other" among us. It judges them and isolates them. And it happens without a sound.
AHF Offers Loans to Louisiana Agencies They Are Suing!
April 8, 2016
In a bizarre press release issued by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the $1 billion dollar agency has offered "no interest loans" to assist Baton Rouge HIV non-profits who are suffering financially as a result of being sued by AHF. Yes, their circular logic is exactly that absurd.
Louisiana HIV Agencies Respond to 'Shocking' AHF Lawsuit
April 6, 2016
In a profoundly troubling lawsuit against the City of Baton Rouge and local HIV/AIDS non-profits, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has forced federal funds to be withheld while AHF continues their litigious temper tantrum over not receiving a Ryan White Care Act grant award they requested. The vindictive action poses a real and present danger to services being provided to people with HIV in the area.
The Challenging Web Series That Travels From 'Unsure' to 'Positive'
March 17, 2016
In the gorgeous and sometimes maddening Web series Unsure/Positive, we follow the life of a Boston gay man, Kieran, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Kieran's journey in the six-episode first season (available for only $3.99 on Vimeo) covers some difficult terrain -- shame, disclosure, sex and drugs -- and many HIV positive guys and our friends will identify with it.
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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October 9, 2017 - Review: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson Is Trans Film Noir -- A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
September 9, 2017 - USCA Plenary Halted by Trans Activists
September 5, 2017 - As Much as I Can Lifts Up Black Gay Men ... and Blows Your Mind: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
September 5, 2017 - DaddyBear App Hooks Up Gay Men "Not Living With HIV": A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
August 29, 2017 - Y'all Look! It's the First Redneck HIV Prevention PSA! 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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