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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.

In my final video blog, I introduce you to some people who were attendees as a result of scholarship programs, and I talk to the Chair of AIDS2010 about the importance of every voice being included.

I would also like to express my thanks and great respect for the editorial team from with whom I worked this week. You would assume that great commitment goes into the production of a web site like this one, but it was awesome watching them in action.

Thank you as always, my friends, and please be well.


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Comment by: Juan (Spain) Mon., Sep. 6, 2010 at 11:29 am UTC
Thank you, thank you, thank you
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Comment by: Diana (Virginia) Fri., Aug. 13, 2010 at 11:30 am UTC
I would like to be more informed about HIV and become and avocate. I think that we need to be more informed and aware of this health condition most people dont talk about. It is not easy to find places to go to get informed. My partner of 5 months just informed me that he was HIV positive and I am struggling to find places to get informed. I called one of the hotlines, and the response did not satisfy my needs plus it looked like she was reading from a paper. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Comment by: Drew (Sydney (AUS)) Sat., Aug. 7, 2010 at 5:57 am UTC
Hey Mark,
That's ok. I think I had a "bee in my bonnet" when I sent that response. I love your Blog it's always funny yet informative.And has certainly helped me since 2007...when I became a member of this fantastic online community at

Drew (Sydney, AUS) xxoo
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Comment by: Mark S. King (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Tue., Aug. 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm UTC
Oh my. I certainly don't mean to be pompous about that. I was known as "Marcus" for a long time, for "Mark S." So I'm in the habit of saying the middle initial. Like Michael J. Fox wouldn't introduce himself as Michael Fox. Usually in the blogs I just say "This is Mark." I better stick to that. ;]
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Comment by: Drew (Sydney, Australia) Sun., Aug. 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm UTC
Hi Mark,
I have enjoyed your Blogs Mark (everyone in fact). But a question on a more serious note. When signing off on an offical document I can understand the use of the middle initial ie

Yours sincerely,
Mark S King

to verbally introduce yourself as Mark S King is very supercilious. I mean your not POTUS.

Maybe it's an American thing?!?!?! Oh, im sure it's an American Thing.

Drew (Sydney, AUS) xxoo
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Comment by: (Toronto,Ca) Thu., Jul. 29, 2010 at 11:10 am UTC
Nice video blog. Thank you, I enjoyed your coverage. It was nice to actually see the scene/ scenery/ scientists and the participants
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