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Mark S. King (left) and his brother

Honoring My Older Gay Brother on 'LGBT Elders Day': A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"My new post has video of my remarks at a special LGBT Elders event last night, where I honor my brother and he helps me tell our story," says Mark S. King "It's funny. It's sad. It's life."

Counting My Blessings, Remaining Undetectable, and Continuing to Move Forward: A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold Img

Counting My Blessings, Remaining Undetectable, and Continuing to Move Forward: A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold

"It's that time of year again. Holiday bustle. End-of-year reflections. World AIDS Day remembrances and calls to action. In my home, my days are busy [d]ays I truly once thought I'd never live to see."

Mark S. King gets some vape love from advocate Damon L. Jacobs

This HIV Survivor Quit Smoking to Vape. Don't Judge. A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"My years of smoking are much more likely to kill me than HIV," Mark S. King writes. "I suppose that's progress, and testament to how far we have come in my 32 years living with the virus. So why am I so defensive about my switch to vaping?"

Zachary Booth and Alan Cumming in 'After Louie'

After Louie Film Review: An AIDS Survivor, Barely Surviving

Mark S. King reviews director Vincent Gagliostro's semi-autobiographical film starring Alan Cumming as a a shell-shocked gay veteran of the 1980s trying to come to grips with his tragic past.

Older Americans With HIV: A Conversation With San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy Img

Older Americans With HIV: A Conversation With San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy

The first person openly living with HIV to serve on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Sheehy discusses what he sees as the most pressing current issues in addressing HIV/AIDS among older Americans.

Struggle, Self-Love and Survival: Growing Old With HIV Img

Struggle, Self-Love and Survival: Growing Old With HIV

"I grew up assuming a lot of things about the world, like there would always be health," Eric Jannke writes. "That was such a deep assumption that I didn't recognize it as one until it went away."

How I Began a Long and Intimate Relationship -- With a Leading HIV Specialist Img

How I Began a Long and Intimate Relationship -- With a Leading HIV Specialist

"Being a long-term HIV survivor, I also have a long-term relationship with my doctor, Judith Currier, M.D." Sherri Lewis writes. "It's not just a visit here and there. You might even say it is an intimate relationship."

Getting Ready for Year 25 With HIV! A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold Img

Getting Ready for Year 25 With HIV! A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold

"HIV is me. I am HIV. HIV has -- not singlehandedly but so substantially -- made me the woman and the mother I am proud to be. I make no apologies for that."

We're Still Here, Graying With HIV -- and We Must Bear Witness Img

We're Still Here, Graying With HIV -- and We Must Bear Witness

"I believe the lived experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS are important," writes long-term survivor Khafre Abif. He issues a moving call for people over 50 to contribute their stories to an upcoming anthology.

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My Life From (D) Day

"I know, one day, we will all end HIV and stigma," Cat Palladino writes. "But until then be ready for me because I don't give up. I'm a survivor, I'm a warrior, I am HIV positive, and I stand proud."