"Sean McKenna does exactly what a good advocate should do. He bears witness and holds people accountable."
When he was diagnosed 32 years ago, Mark S. King never expected to live long enough to be featured as a keynote speaker at an upcoming conference for older people living with HIV.
Mark S. King reflects on the anniversary of his HIV diagnosis and tells you about his collaboration with the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
"Within a few years of Coming On Down, there would be enormous differences between that boy and myself, shaped by life events that would throw a wet blanket on my aw shucks optimism," Mark S. King writes.
"A sense of humor helps, especially when you work for an organization with a mission statement that addresses an enormous and sometimes nightmarish public health crisis," Mark S. King writes.
"What gay HIV activist hasn't had an AIDS conference crush?" Mark S. King writes. "As advocates, we needn't be coy about our own familiarity with hooking up or the sexual mechanics involved."
"Chris Glaser's beliefs are many and steadfast, but his faith in love is his most unyielding conviction," Mark S. King writes.
Trump and Congress are "a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last thirty years." This new political reality is reflected in this list of HIV Advocates to Watch.
Baltimore's largest provider of health care to the city's most vulnerable communities has experienced months of upheaval and staff discontent, and there is more work to do to reform the agency.
"There is some strong resistance to a message that equates undetectable to untransmittable, and it's not coming from where you might think," Mark S. King writes.