Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
Five Things About HIV They're Not Telling You
January 12, 2011
In the early 1990s, I was invited to participate on a roundtable with national HIV/AIDS public health officials. They wanted to gauge what those on the front lines were thinking about HIV prevention campaigns. I gave them an earful.
HIV Nutrition (and Proper Pooping) With Nelson Vergel, Food Detective
January 4, 2011
Nelson Vergel is not impressed with my fridge. Sure, it has double doors and a freezer drawer, but he's criticizing almost every damn thing inside it. Most of the items say "low fat" or "sugar free," but he claims it's all a terrible lie. Oh, and the producers of the "weight control" oatmeal packets in my cupboard are making a fool of me.
December 20, 2010
If you have spent any time wandering around this blog or watching my videos, you know I have an almost stubbornly positive view of things. I prefer to smile, I love to laugh, and if someone is rude to me I figure they must be having a bad day.
My T Cells Could Use a Facelift
December 2, 2010
Can I still complain about getting older if I was supposed to be dead 20 years ago? That's the dilemma of aging HIV positive guys like me. Feeling victorious over AIDS only takes your self esteem so far; there's no HIV medication to fight wrinkles.
Once, When We Were Heroes: Revised
November 30, 2010
My brother Richard smiles a lot. He has an easy laugh. But there was a time, years ago, when he held a poisonous drink in his hands and begged his dying lover not to swallow it. A time when Richard held the concoction they had prepared together and wept.
The 2010 HIV Cruise Retreat
November 3, 2010
If I clear my mind, I can transport myself back to so many fun moments during the 2010 HIV Cruise Retreat. Maybe I'm zip-lining through the rain forest of Costa Rica, or I'm gorging myself at the dessert buffet. The water slide high above the 3,000-passenger ship will always make me smile.
In Praise of HIV-Negative Gay Men
October 5, 2010
Sometimes it seems there is a silent, wary truce between those of us who are positive and our friends who remain negative. We won't make them feel guilty about being negative if they don't blame us for being positive.
Condoms vs. Bareback Sex at Gay Men's Health Summit
September 10, 2010
While "gay men's health" as a concept -- aging, mental health, relationships, physical fitness -- tried mightily to get some respect at the 2010 Gay Men's Health Summit in Ft. Lauderdale, HIV/AIDS continued to dominate much of the workshops and discussions. The evergreen issues of condom fatigue and barebacking managed to monopolize time and vex workshop leaders with a stubborn dilemma: How do you interest gay men in condoms when so many have already opted for sero-sorting, barebacking, and risk reduction techniques?
Sex While HIV Positive: The New Criminals
August 31, 2010
As you and I relax here, surfing the internet, an HIV positive man is sitting in a Texas prison, serving a 35 year sentence for spitting on someone. In Michigan, an HIV positive man was charged for not disclosing his status under a bio-terrorism statute. And there's a statute on the books in Iowa that can jail you for kissing someone without disclosing.
AIDS 2010: A Final Look
July 23, 2010
I knew AIDS2010 in Vienna would be a great learning experience, but I suppose I didn't expect to feel such profound gratitude for my life and my advantages. Life is such an arbitrary thing; I was born here, you were born there, she was born over there... and that simple geography equation will mean virtually everything when it comes to our human rights, our access to basic health care and services, and how long we will likely live on this planet.
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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November 23, 2013 - Honoring Our AIDS History -- Without Punishing Younger Gay Men: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
November 12, 2013 - Support on the High Seas: Aboard the 2013 HIV Cruise Retreat -- A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
October 22, 2013 - A New, True Film of AIDS in the 1980s: Dallas Buyers Club -- By Mark S. King
September 29, 2013 - Two Minutes of Advice on Testing HIV Positive: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
September 16, 2013 - The Inspiring Advocates of the 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS: A Video Blog 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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