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Our Transgender Teachable Moment: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King Img

Our Transgender Teachable Moment: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"I like to consider myself an enlightened gay man. A career in HIV advocacy has taught me a lot about sexuality, racism, and women's issues. But I'll be damned if I have managed to learn very much about the T in LGBT. My sensitivity level is long ove...

The Disguised Blessings of HIV-Positive Poet Mary Bowman: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King Img
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The Disguised Blessings of HIV-Positive Poet Mary Bowman: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

When Mary E. Bowman stepped to the stage five years ago at SpitDat, an open mic night in Washington, D.C., she was 20 years old and terrified. She was about to perform "Dandelions," her first poem to reveal a secret that her own family had long kept ...

My Gonorrhea Nostalgia: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King Img
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My Gonorrhea Nostalgia: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

The first time I contracted gonorrhea, which in my day was affectionately called The Clap, I was 20 years old and had just moved to West Hollywood, California. It was 1981, disco was still thumping in the bars, and the bath houses were packed. My dan...

15 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2015: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King Img
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15 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2015: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

Looking forward to the coming months, Mark King tells you which HIV advocates you should be keeping your eye on.

My Career as a Phone Sex Operator During the Dawn of AIDS: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King Img
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My Career as a Phone Sex Operator During the Dawn of AIDS: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"Over the years of my vocation I spoke to thousands of men. Some of them faithfully requested me every week, uttering secrets to me they had never spoken aloud before."

When People With HIV Became Suicide Bombers: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King Img

When People With HIV Became Suicide Bombers: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"Anyone with HIV and a pissed off ex-lover should feel worried, since these cases often become a matter of whom you believe. "

Will HIV Ever Be Safe Enough for You? Img
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Will HIV Ever Be Safe Enough for You?

"Not a single HIV transmission occurred during the study from someone with an undetectable viral load. If PARTNER had been researching a new medication, they would have stopped the trial and dispensed the drug immediately."

Our Problem With Being "CURED" of HIV: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King Img
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Our Problem With Being "CURED" of HIV: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

In the late 1980s, I let this odd, fussy man into my office at LA Shanti, my first AIDS agency job. He seemed earnest and harmless and he just wanted a few minutes of my time. "I have the cure for AIDS," he politely announced. Sadly, he wasn't the fi...

The Sound and Fury of the HIV Prevention Pill Debate (and the Facts to Win It): A Blog Entry by Mark S. King Img
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The Sound and Fury of the HIV Prevention Pill Debate (and the Facts to Win It): A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"Surely anyone who lived through the horror of early AIDS would thank God that a new prevention strategy exists that doesn't rely upon condoms alone."

Honoring Our AIDS History -- Without Punishing Younger Gay Men: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King Img
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Honoring Our AIDS History -- Without Punishing Younger Gay Men: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"I will not dig up my friend's body and beat young gay men with his corpse. Lesley didn't perish so I could use him as a scare tactic. He wasn't a cautionary tale."