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Mark S. King

My Fabulous Disease


A Special Anniversary Episode
March 2, 2011

My father always said, "Raise your hand. Ask the stupid questions. Don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself." If he isn't rolling in his grave today, he's certainly shifting a little, because if there's one thing I've tried to do with my blog it has been to ask basic questions of others -- and reveal everything I can of myself. The result has been a really gratifying experience sharing my life as an HIV-positive gay man in recovery from addiction.

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Serosorting, Anyone? Touring an HIV-Positive Gay Sex Club
February 22, 2011

The idea that HIV-positive people still want sex is as old as The Denver Principles, the 1983 manifesto drawn up by people with AIDS that demanded "as full and satisfying a sexual and emotional life as anyone else." The document also stated that people with HIV/AIDS have an ethical responsibility to share their status with others.

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AIDS Activism 101: Steps to End the ADAP Crisis
January 31, 2011

Activists held an "emergency summit" this weekend to address the growing AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) crisis, and I'm taking you there. In this video episode of My Fabulous Disease, you'll learn about the panic over ADAP, and exactly what you can do to prevent thousands of AIDS patients from losing access to life saving medications.

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Hitting the Gym With HIV Fitness Stud Nelson Vergel
January 24, 2011

So I must have been insane to think appearing in gym clothes standing next to HIV fitness and nutrition expert Nelson Vergel was a good idea. Especially after I've rewarded myself for quitting smoking by gaining 30 pounds. But anything for you, my friends. And besides, the meaning of fitness for me has changed from the size of my biceps to the overall health of my body. For me, that's progress.

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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.

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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.

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Recovering Joy
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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See Also
Fact Sheet: HIV/AIDS and Young Men Who Have Sex With Men
Quiz: Are You at Risk for HIV?
10 Common Fears About HIV Transmission
More Personal Views on HIV Prevention for Gay Men

 

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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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A Place Like This by Mark King

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Interviews With Mark:

Mark King Looks Back at the AIDS Epidemic's Darkest Hour in the U.S. (May 14, 2008)

This Month in HIV: Crystal Methamphetamine and HIV (August 2007)


Articles by Mark:

Meth Burial (May 2008)

Outliving My Father (May 22, 2001)
Mark recounts how years of caring for friends dying of AIDS prepared him for taking care of his dying father
From The Advocate

AIDS Always Benefits from What We Don't Talk About (April 2001)


For the rest of Mark's articles, click here.


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