Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
AIDS, Love and Desperation at the Louise Hay Ride
May 23, 2017
The hall, an auditorium in a West Hollywood park, was filled to overflowing. Hundreds of people, nearly all of them gay men, were crushed together in folding chairs, seated on the floor, or crowded in overflow areas by the doors. I sat fidgeting in my seat, a first-timer to this event, and beside me was my brother, Richard. His lover, Emil, diagnosed with AIDS for a couple of years now, was busy shaking hands and networking with the throng.
A Second Chance at Death
May 2, 2017
We all know how this ends.
Sean McKenna: Life With AIDS Isn't So Damn 'Fabulous'
April 21, 2017
Last December I attended the most moving, transcendent World AIDS Day program I have witnessed in years. That's not saying much, of course. These evenings are usually well-meaning but maudlin, featuring tearful eulogies while we hold up candles that drip on our fingers and we revisit personal losses that I put to rest a long time ago. Okay, clearly I have issues with grief.
The Irony of Aging: The HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference
March 22, 2017
Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor's office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn't schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn't a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year.
32 Years Ago Today, Everything Changed
March 15, 2017
Thirty-two years ago today, a friend called me. He worked as a nurse in a doctor's office and had administered the brand-new HIV antibody test to me after hours, all very hush-hush. There were no treatments for the new virus, only fear and mortality. And my friend told me I was HIV positive.
That Time 37 Years Ago I Won a Car on The Price Is Right
February 24, 2017
What If I Told You the Project Inform Staff Was Hilarious?
February 22, 2017
Throughout the earliest years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, I deeply admired the fierce intellect of the late Martin Delaney, the researcher and advocate who, among many other historic accomplishments, founded Project Inform, the HIV treatment advocacy group with intimate ties to the community.
Bruce Richman Is Totally Hot and Other HIV Activism Truths
February 7, 2017
My friend Charles Sanchez is the creator of the musical web series Merce, about an HIV positive New Yorker. But enough about him. Charles and I constantly argue about which one of us has spoken to Bruce Richman most recently, and for how long. Bruce also lives in New York so Charles appears to have the upper hand, but I'm convinced my calls with Bruce are more intimate and consequential.
Examining Death, Including the One I Caused
January 25, 2017
My memorial service will be fabulous, I can assure you of that. I first outlined it during the initial, deadly wave of AIDS in the 1980s, and have edited it here and there over the years, updating the songs I would like played or the video footage shown.
Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017
January 10, 2017
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.
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May 23, 2017 - AIDS, Love and Desperation at the Louise Hay Ride
May 2, 2017 - A Second Chance at Death: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
April 21, 2017 - Sean McKenna: Life With AIDS Isn't So Damn 'Fabulous' -- A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
March 22, 2017 - The Irony of Aging: The HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference -- A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
March 15, 2017 - 32 Years Ago Today, Everything Changed: 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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