Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
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.
AIDS 2010 Day Four: The Art of AIDS
July 22, 2010
Everywhere you look at AIDS 2010, HIV is being expressed artistically. It's as if the disease is so profound to people that simple words can't communicate their feelings. AIDS has been a productive artistic muse over the years and is the subject of countless pieces of theater, literature, film, dance, and music.
AIDS 2010 Day Three: Human Rights Now!
July 21, 2010
The AIDS2010 theme, "Rights Here, Right Now," took center stage on day three, with speakers, seminars and events focused on how important human rights are the the AIDS equation. Access to health care and treatment is a human right. Women deserve rights around the world, so they are not victims of sexual violence, infected with HIV, and then cast aside. And sexual minorities must be respected in order for them to be granted equal access to prevention and treatment services.
AIDS 2010 Day Two: The Wisdom of Youth
July 20, 2010
Today was a blast, because I spent it with my intellectual peers -- puppets, show people and youth! In this video blog entry from AIDS 2010 in Vienna you'll meet some amazing young people from around the world who are making a difference in their communities. You'll also be as charmed as I was by a program that teaches children in Africa about HIV/AIDS through puppetry.
AIDS 2010 Opens With Sex, Drugs and Annie Lennox
July 19, 2010
Wendy Knerr from The Pleasure Project really, really wants me to put a female condom inside my rectum. She keeps coaxing me, as if I'll go running to the men's room to try one on like a Ralph Lauren pullover. But her enthusiasm for the device is charming, and according to her it empowers gay men engaged in receptive intercourse to take control of safer sex without relying on their partner to use a condom.
Where the Gay Men Roam: At Pre-Conference Event, Leaders Discuss Gay Response to HIV
July 18, 2010
In this, the first of daily video blogs from Vienna, I'm taking you along to meet leaders from the gay response to HIV/AIDS. You'll hear from Michel Sidibe of the United Nations, saying that a world in which gay men face discrimination "is not a society I want to live in." We'll attend workshops together, on topics such as aging, or the role of HIV+ gay men in the AIDS struggle. And you'll meet advocates like Jim Pickettt of Chicago, who has been working on the development of lubricants that kill the HIV virus without condoms.
AIDS2010, Get Ready for My Fabulous Disease!
July 15, 2010
Come for the breaking news! Stay for the naked dancing sex workers! Yes, it's time again for the most exciting, diverse, and just plain bizarre medical conference on earth, the bi-annual international AIDS conference. Vienna will be hosting AIDS2010 from July 17-23, and I'll be there with bells on -- and video cameras rolling (to create daily video blogs just for you)!
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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August 4, 2014 - AIDS 2014 Video Blog: A Farewell, and Final Thoughts on Melbourne
July 25, 2014 - AIDS 2014 Video Blog #5: Activist Theater, Condom Tryouts and a Mystery Man Revealed
July 24, 2014 - AIDS 2014 Video Blog #4: One World, One Place, Thousands of Voices -- The Awesome Advocates of HIV/AIDS
July 23, 2014 - AIDS 2014 Video Blog #3: The Global March and Candlelight Vigil
July 22, 2014 - AIDS 2014 Video Blog #2: Criminals and Mannequins, Both Fighting HIV Stigma
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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