Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
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.
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?
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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May 18, 2018 - Honoring My Older Gay Brother on 'LGBT Elders Day': A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
May 8, 2018 - Revered AIDS Doctor Gabriel Torres: Redemption After Meth Addiction
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
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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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