Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea and Advocacy
September 22, 2016
Amidst the happy haze of good news about the efficacy of PrEP in preventing new HIV infections and the growing consensus that people living with HIV who are undetectable are not infectious, there is troubling news from the CDC in two new reports about the golden oldies of sexually transmitted infections (STIs): rates of syphilis are on the rise and antibiotics to treat gonorrhea may be nearing the end of their usefulness.
Pregnant Guest Kicked Out of 'Charm Ball' Over Protest Fears
September 19, 2016
When this blogger chose to join protesters at Chase Brexton's annual "Charm Ball" to voice concern over the direction of Baltimore's largest healthcare provider to the LGBT community, there was little doubt there would be some tension at the elegant affair.
Catching Up With Chase Brexton's 'Fired Five'
September 15, 2016
The five managers who were abruptly fired last month without notice by Chase Brexton, Baltimore's largest healthcare provider to the city's most vulnerable populations, met for lunch earlier this week. It was the first in-person meeting of the group since their dismissal in early August.
What It Feels Like for a Mom
September 13, 2016
My mother, Anne King, turns 90 this month. This story is my tribute.
The Human Toll of Chase Brexton's Union-Busting Efforts
August 16, 2016
Jill Crank misses her patients terribly. And she is worried about them.
When AIDS Activists Hijacked the Olympic Rings
August 2, 2016
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a very touchy organization, most especially when it comes to the Olympic rings. They guard their trademark jealously and litigiously, commonly suing anyone who dares to approximate the iconic rings for their own purposes. Even local street vendors during the Games have been shut down for violating copyright. Anthony Braswell wasn't thinking about that when he and a co-worker came up with a dangerous idea.
Gay Collective: 'The Virus Divides. It Doesn't Have To.'
July 7, 2016
In a cramped meeting room in New York City on May 27, 2016, a dozen gay men, HIV positive and negative alike, came together to answer a vexing question: How do gay men bridge a divide that has been forged through decades of HIV stigma, distrust, and mutual blame? Or, at the very least, what might be done to start a conversation about the divide and begin to heal the wounds?
There's More Room in a Broken Heart
June 7, 2016
When Will Armstrong emerges from heart surgery in just a few days, he will have weeks of hospitalization ahead. He will also have expensive new hardware in his chest and a devoted animal waiting anxiously at home.
Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor
June 5, 2016
"I know someone who died," she says in the hushed tone reserved for tales of mortality. Her friend looks up from his phone. "He was a good friend of my brother," she goes on. "He was killed in a motorcycle accident a few months ago. It was just awful." As her friend offers words of comfort, my own thoughts produce a rueful smile and a nagging question.
Checking Privilege at 'HIV Is Not a Crime' 2016
June 2, 2016
The issues of race, gender and privilege crackled through the recent HIV Is Not a Crime (II) conference like a live wire, throwing sparks at every turn. From the main stage to the hallways, attendees called out white classism, the utter failure of the criminal justice system (unless its purpose is solely to imprison black men), and what it truly means to be an ally of marginalized communities.
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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September 22, 2016 - My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea and Advocacy: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
September 19, 2016 - Pregnant Guest Kicked Out of 'Charm Ball' Over Protest Fears: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
September 15, 2016 - Catching Up With Chase Brexton's 'Fired Five': A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
September 13, 2016 - What It Feels Like for a Mom: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
August 16, 2016 - The Human Toll of Chase Brexton's Union-Busting Efforts: A Blog Entry 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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