Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
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.
I Discovered My Brother Was Gay From The Advocate Magazine
March 8, 2016
It was 1975 and I was 14 years old, all gangly limbs and stubborn acne, and I was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car. Splayed across my lap was the magazine, open to the page my companion had selected. I was staring at the photo with something like revelation.
I Watched Charlie Sheen on The Dr. Oz Show so You Don't Have To
January 13, 2016
Dr. Oz has a very strange verbal compulsion. He can't stop making lame metaphors.
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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April 23, 2018 - I Wrote 'The Truth About the 7,000.' Now What?
April 20, 2018 - Name HIV Activists Fiercer Than the Positive Women's Network. I'll Wait.
December 28, 2017 - amfAR Chair Kenneth Cole Must Be Replaced. Here's Five Suggestions. A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
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.
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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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