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How the "Denver Principles" Changed HIV/AIDS -- and Health Care -- Forever Img
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How the "Denver Principles" Changed HIV/AIDS -- and Health Care -- Forever

You must know this, because it matters. Because it has already changed your life, no matter who you are, and you may not even realize it. Because as we search for a new national voice for people living with HIV (since the ugly demise of The National ...

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The New National Voice of People With HIV Is ...: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"At a recent town hall forum in Washington, D.C., for people living with HIV, the very idea of what it means to be positive -- and who is our national voice of advocacy -- was questioned."

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Revisiting My Sad and Trivial Night With Rock Hudson

"Was I going to have sex with this man right here in the living room?" Mark S. King asked himself on that fateful night. "What about the man I loved, asleep in the bedroom? Was Rock Hudson as well hung as everyone said? Some questions got my attentio...

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HIV and Gay Media: The Vanishing Virus

We've all heard it before: You don't know who has HIV, because HIV is invisible. But what happens when people with HIV are ignored entirely? Mark S. King discusses the problem with the vanishing media attention given to people living with HIV, partic...

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The Increasingly Strange Case of Uncle Poodle

"In the course of a few short months, Lee Thompson ("Uncle Poodle" to reality TV watchers) has managed to personify a variety of hot button issues among gay men today. Or not. Depending on whom you believe," Mark S. King writes.

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Your Mother Liked It Bareback

"Whenever a new study of gay men is released showing that we are having bareback sex, the arbiters of sexual conduct ... decry this shameful, shocking, murderous behavior," Mark S. King writes. "I really wish that people would put down their smelling...

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Treating My Facial Wasting With Artefill: A Video Blog by Mark S. King

"My dismay over the telltale wasting that began to appear on my face surprised me, and it pitted two strong emotions against one another: my pride for being a longtime HIV/AIDS advocate, and my shame for looking like one. I'm only human."

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Probing My Anal Phobia

"I discovered soon enough that if someone had serious intentions in regard to my backside, I couldn't simply rely upon a bran muffin and a Hail Mary to be properly prepared. God forbid I would, you know, not be well, you know."

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The Private War That Killed Spencer Cox

"Spencer found himself adrift in the same personal crisis as many of his contemporaries, who struggled for a meaningful existence after years of combating the most frightening public health crisis of modern times," writes Mark S. King. "For many of o...

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The Night Don Lemon Hugged Me: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"At the end of our interview I began to shake his hand and something remarkable happened. Don stood and reached out for a hug. It was surprising for an anchor, maybe even awkward for a brief second, and then the sweetness of the gesture won out as we...