My Fabulous Disease
The Real Poz Guys of Atlanta
A Video Blog
By Mark S. King
February 23, 2010
Last year, many of you enjoyed meeting a group of my friends, so I wondered if they would spill their hearts (and their secrets) again for my blog. They didn't disappoint me!
Antron, James, Eric and Craig stopped by to help make my infamous brownies, and (thanks to my best friend Charles on camera) our evening is well documented in this intimate episode. Topics included sex and online cruising, doctors, and what they really think of the messages you post about them in the comments section!
But there's information you'll want even more once you've seen the blog. What's the recipe for my insanely delicious double chocolate brownies? Well, because I consider you a friend too, here it is. Enjoy! You will be a complete sensation at the next pot luck dinner, trust me on this.
Meanwhile, please be well.
Episode 14: The Real Poz Guys of Atlanta
MARK'S VIRAL CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
2/3 cup sugar
5 Tablespoons butter (most of a stick)
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
1 small cap almond extract
2/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Grease or spray a 8 or 9 inch square baking pan.
- In a small bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda.
- In a small saucepan over very low heat, melt sugar and butter with a tablespoon of water, stirring slowly. When mixture barely begins to bubble, shut off heat and add 1 cup of chocolate chips and stir them in along with the almond extract. Stir until melted together.
- Skip all remaining steps and pour over ice cream, as I have done many times (best boyfriend break-up pain reliever on earth). Or...
- Pour chocolate mixture into large bowl and whisk in eggs, then mix in flour mixture.
- Gently fold in the other cup of chocolate chips (thought I'd forgotten them? No way.) I don't do nuts in my brownies, but whatever.
- Pour into baking pan. You are allowed 2 small spoons to eat now from the pan, but that's it.
- Bake for 35 minutes.
- Allow to cool a little before you attack it.
Send Mark an e-mail.
Visit Mark's live blog at www.MyFabulousDisease.com.
Comment by: Angel
Mon., Mar. 29, 2010 at 3:32 am EDT
Thanks for the video, Thanks for the happiness that heat up my heart.
Comment by: Tusk
Sun., Mar. 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm EDT
What we need is a highly functional HIV poz networking site where interactions like this can take place in real time from the waist up, if you get my drift. I've lived a poz man for 27 yrs in many major cities and always caught myself thinking the grass was greener someplace else, but the truth is you have to get your own house in order before you invite people over. i.e. if you want love, be a loving person. If you want sex, be a sexy person. If you want to be financially secure, hang around financially secure people. I catch myself all the time breaking those rules and wondering why I don't get where I need to be. Soon, I'm leaving a major city with all its perks and coming to a small town in FL that is decades behind anything that I'm used to. I think the only way to survive is to be the optimist and not the pessimist, cause anything could be just around the corner if you're in the right position when it arrives... See you on the cruise, I hope. Love Tusk
Comment by: franz
Fri., Mar. 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm EST
Thank you so much i really needed to see this. i have just ben diagnosed with being hiv positive and i thought it was the end of the world. but i see that it is not. you guys have given me a lease on life and i would love to meet you guys in person or other like minded individuals.
Comment by: Patrick Ferguson
Thu., Mar. 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm EST
Beautiful articule, and a wonderful clip. By the way Craig is looking awesome at 50, keep it up Craig....lol
Comment by: Goran
Thu., Mar. 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm EST
Lovely video, and hot guys! Cant believe that guy is 50! I wanna look like that when I'm 50 :D
Comment by: Julian
Thu., Mar. 11, 2010 at 12:35 am EST
I love ur videos!!!! Im just starting my journey... It's really hard but... Im trying my best! Greetings!!! Thank you
Comment by: Charles
Wed., Mar. 10, 2010 at 11:58 am EST
SERIOUSLY, turn Logo and In the Life (http://www.inthelifetv.org/) onto your phenomenal video blogs so they can create shows from them and reach a wider audience!
Comment by: Richard C
Wed., Mar. 10, 2010 at 11:19 am EST
I agree let's create a series on Logo!!! I'll be on "The Real Poz Guys of Chicago"
Now Mark, I am printing out this recipe and will be adding nuts!
Comment by: Janus
Tue., Mar. 9, 2010 at 3:18 am EST
Comment by: Cowboy Larry
Fri., Mar. 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm EST
Loved the video and I think you teach a valuable lesson to all of us living with HIV the importance of having support from friends or family. Great job guys!
Comment by: Drew
Thu., Mar. 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm EST
Wow its like a POZ "Golden Girls"....Now, who is Blanche??? On a serious note. This Web site and more importantly Mark S King's Blog has helped me sooo much.
I found out the news on 20th July 2007 and since then I have used www.thebody.com numerous times for fantastic information. I've also since then been involved in group sessions at ACON (AIDS COUNCIL OF NEW SOUTH WALES) in Sydney, Australia to talk over issues such as Health, Relationships and Sex.
Anywho its the eve of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Dance Party so its time for me to Dance dance dance,or at least decide on an outfit.
Thanks once again Mark and mates...this Blog was sweet. Happy Mardi Gras!!
Comment by: chas
Thu., Mar. 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm EST
hey mark, just wanted you to know how much i appreciate your video blogs. i have watched them all and being a gay poz man in a small town can get pretty lonely and depressing. i really enjoyed this video with your friends and can sure relate to what the men are saying. i have been poz now for about 20 yrs. i have walked on both sides of the fence. been married and also had a gay man in my life. neither worked and i just resigned myself that i was going to be alone. i recently met a man from geelong australia thru the poz.com site and feel as if i have a new lease on life. i don't know why i'm telling you all this and how does it really relate to your blog? well i just know that i can appreciate everything that the guys were talking about especially the online dating. both me and my new boyfriend started chatting through webcam since we were so far apart and we both knew we were getting the real deal. sweet huh? thanks again eric & craig & james & antron and you mark for sharing so much. it would be great knowing any of you.
Comment by: Jose C.
(Costa Rica )
Thu., Mar. 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm EST
I POZ GUY FROM MARCH 2010, i stated my med just 22 days ago i and still felling the side effect, sorry for my inglish is not so good, i try so hard to improve my inglish ... i would like to have some friends like you here in Costa Rica
Comment by: Rick
Thu., Mar. 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm EST
You guys are soooo lucky to be friends. Here in WV friends are few and far between, not that there are no gay men here but they are really not interested in being just "friends". I wish we were closer to you guys we really need a group of friends like you guys. Love to you all and good Health
Comment by: Jose Cerdas
(Costa Rica )
Thu., Mar. 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm EST
I STILL CRYING.. THIS VIDEO TOUCH MY HEART... TAKE CARE GUYS I AM FROM COSTA RICA HUGS FOR ALLS OF YOU
Comment by: Kirk
Wed., Mar. 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm EST
As you already know, this was wonderful! I enjoyed your first introduction and I could not wait to listen to this interview. I feel close to all of your friends because they cared enough to open their lives to us. I am grateful! I have a friend, best friend, in Thailand. I share everything with him and I have strength because even when I am wrong, he still loves me. Yes, I would like a partner but I know friends are forever. Thank you again for loving us by sharing your friends.
Comment by: Christopher M
(New York City, NY)
Wed., Mar. 3, 2010 at 1:01 am EST
Mark this was such an inspiration. You and your friends are beautiful people. I found out last month that I am HIV + and I am 26. As you know it an emotional rollercoaster. However, I have learned of the strong support system I have here in the city and FRIENDS surely are my saving grace. I know I am going to be okay. My love to all you guys, I thoroughly enjoyed this.
P.S. -lets make our own series on LOGO- I will create the real poz guys of NYC ;)
Comment by: Jerry
Tue., Mar. 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm EST
It was an amazing video clip that made me stop and think about my life! You guys make me want to move to Atlanta!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)
Comment by: Phillip R.
(Panama City, Florida)
Tue., Mar. 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm EST
What a wonderful video. I have been HIV+ for 25 plus years and I am now 63 years old. I lived in Atlanta in the early 80's before I was transfered with job to Little Rock and then Houston, Tx and then back to Georgia and finally Florida. I lost my life partner 15 years ago of HIV and I have been very lonely since. I do not have a circle of Friends any longer and I miss that very much.
Comment by: james
Tue., Mar. 2, 2010 at 9:47 am EST
I love you Mark King. You have kept me sane over the past year of finding out I have got "IT" thank you xxxxxx
Comment by: Mike
Mon., Mar. 1, 2010 at 8:12 pm EST
James is HOTTTTTTTT! Four weeks! hmmm ...
Eric, is like butda, drip over me anytime BAbe :}
Craig, I would be so jealous of letting him out of my sight.
Antron, it's nice ya'll are taking care of him. :}
I'm 51 and not having a bf, I'm use to it. People see me and think Arnold, or John Wayne and they don't know, I'm just a big old Marilyn Monroe in bed.
Anyway ... till your next post ....
Comment by: Brian Barber
(So. Orange county, Ca.)
Mon., Mar. 1, 2010 at 8:08 pm EST
Love to all of you guys... my prayers of well being are with you... Mark, your blogs bring such a smile to my face.
Comment by: Danny H.
Mon., Mar. 1, 2010 at 7:35 pm EST
That was great would love to be a part of your friendship and friends would love to come meet and talk with you ive been poz 17 years will be 18 the 17th of june just befor my 43rd birthday the 21st was 25 when i found out and have lost most of my friends and granny and mom and stepda they all passed not from HIV we dont have anything around here like you do there so please get back to me ok .Thanks Danny
Comment by: MW
Sun., Feb. 28, 2010 at 11:05 pm EST
Mark, this is great! I totally would watch a show by you guys on bravo or Mtv. I suggest you sell that idea to the tv stations, because so many people with HIV/Aids can learn from you all as you are very open and you all have lots of knowledge to share. Hugs and kisses to you all! And above all good health.
Comment by: Magnolia
Wed., Feb. 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm EST
Great new blog....and the brownie recipe is laginappe. Keep up the good work.
Comment by: paul stone
Wed., Feb. 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm EST
Man this is such a special video. WOW. Thank you for sharing. I wish I had friends like you guys.
Comment by: Ricky
Wed., Feb. 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm EST
Terrific update on the original "Friends" blog. I especially like the opening "Title" sequence, and suggest that you use it for the opening of all your blogs. Keep up the excellent work!
Comment by: Gary
(Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Wed., Feb. 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm EST
This was really refreshing. Taking time out to create something like this for those of us who need it is a very gracious and kind act. Thank you so much!
Comment by: Jeff B
Wed., Feb. 24, 2010 at 11:00 am EST
Great wEpisode! I've been participating in the Shanti L.I.F.E program in FTL and your highlighting some of the stronger issues that make a huge difference in thriving instead of just surviving. (and James is just as sexy via video as I thought he was via FB - Sluuurp!)
Comment by: PSueC
(Kansas City, Mo)
Wed., Feb. 24, 2010 at 10:45 am EST
This left me wanting to hear more. The honesty and openness touched my heart and reminded me of how critical are friends to the journey through life.
Thank you all for sharing.
Comment by: Patrick C
Tue., Feb. 23, 2010 at 8:07 pm EST
wow....fantastic video. Enjoyed watching it. So insightful and wonderful. What great friends you have Mark!
Comment by: Scotty O
(Rochester Hills, MI)
Tue., Feb. 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm EST
So life affirming to see all you guys together sharing your feelings and having a good time. Can't believe that any of you are still single.
You boys need to have your own reality show on Bravo.
Comment by: Robb K
Tue., Feb. 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm EST
Thanks Mark, this is such a great celebration of life! ps...miss ya much!
Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy
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!
More About Mark:
Subscribe to Mark's Blog:
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
View All Posts
View an excerpt of Mark's book
To read PDF, click here
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)
A Brief Disclaimer:
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.
The opinions expressed by TheBody.com's bloggers are entirely their own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TheBody.com itself.