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Mark S. King

I Wrote 'The Truth About the 7,000.' Now What?

Mark S. King's essay in POZ Magazine has struck a nerve, with massive views and shares on social media. So, how do we create "spaces where people can be candid about their own treatment challenges and look for solutions?"

'The Truth About the 7,000': A Response (and Some Lingering Questions) Img

'The Truth About the 7,000': A Response (and Some Lingering Questions)

"Do we talk enough about those who continue to suffer and die?" Peter McLoyd writes. "With all that we know today, why are there still 7,000 HIV-related deaths each year?"

A Second Chance at Death: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King Img

A Second Chance at Death: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"I have learned important lessons about the intimacies of dying that I can use when I eventually face my own mortality," Mark S. King writes.

The Man Who Buried Them Remembers: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King Img

The Man Who Buried Them Remembers: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

Mark S. King sits down with Tom Bonderenko, a Baltimore-based former priest, who says that burying people who died of AIDS in the '80s was the most important, meaningful thing he has ever done.

Then, a Year: A Blog Entry by Matt Ebert Img

Then, a Year: A Blog Entry by Matt Ebert

Our blogger Matt Ebert looks back on losing a loved one a year after his death.

Boston Strong -- 1 Year Later Img

Boston Strong -- 1 Year Later

The first person living with what used to be called "full-blown AIDS" to run the Boston Marathon, Stephen Kovacev, tells of running it one year after the Boston bombing tragedy.

Honoring the "Gay Family" I've Lost to AIDS: A Blog Entry by Jimmy Mack Img

Honoring the "Gay Family" I've Lost to AIDS: A Blog Entry by Jimmy Mack

"These men played a huge part in saving my life," writes Jimmy Mack about his adopted brothers and parents, his "gay family," that he lost throughout the years.

Suicide: A Love Story -- A Blog Entry by Mark S. King Img

Suicide: A Love Story -- A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"I knew about assisted suicide but had never heard of the mechanics of it firsthand, or considered the logistics a caring lover would undertake -- or had witnessed the haunted result like the one that now sat chain smoking across my living room."

The Bitter Sweet Pain of Remembrance: A Blog Entry by Dave R. Img

The Bitter Sweet Pain of Remembrance: A Blog Entry by Dave R.

"HIV memories ... are a special category to themselves, and they've been interrupting my present life with unnerving regularity lately. ... People with HIV don't get closure until their last breath, but I find it therapeutic looking back and knowing ...

The Ultimate Unscheduled Event: A Blog Entry by Steven M. Natterstad, M.D. Img

The Ultimate Unscheduled Event: A Blog Entry by Steven M. Natterstad, M.D.

"You, Dr. Bob's global online family, have suffered an immeasurable loss," writes Steven Natterstad, M.D. ("Dr. Steve"). In this blog post, Dr. Steve writes about the life and loss of his husband and partner for 18 years, Robert Frascino, M.D. -- a.k...