Articles tagged with: Mark S_ King My Fabulous Disease

What If I Told You the Project Inform Staff Was Hilarious?

published: March, 01, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Mark S. King

As Mark S. King explains, HIV work can be hard but the people doing it have always found ways to have fun and stay sane

What If I Told You the Project Inform Staff Was Hilarious?

Throughout the earliest years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, I deeply admired the fierce intellect of the late Martin Delaney, the researcher and advocate who, among many other historic accomplishments, founded Project Inform, the HIV treatment advocacy group with intimate ties to the community. What I did not know, however, was that his staff called him “Bunny.” A sense of humor helps, especially when you work for an organization with a mission statement that addresses an enormous and someti

Examining death, including the one I caused

published: February, 01, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Dating, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King: "Did you ever end a relationship once you realized you were going to survive AIDS? I did, or at least thought so, until my actual motives were revealed in my ex-partner's book."

Examining death, including the one I caused

Chris Glaser, author of The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me About Life (left) My memorial service will be fabulous, I can assure you of that. I first outlined it during the initial, deadly wave of AIDS in the 1980’s, and have edited it here and there over the years, updating the songs I would like played or the video footage shown. Focusing on the spectacle, though, may just be avoiding the facts: if it’s my memorial, that means I’m dead. And death is a subject about which I h

Who is transmitting HIV most – those who don’t know they are infected or the already diagnosed?

published: May, 04, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Read this Mark S. King for “The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases". The truth may surprise you.

Who is transmitting HIV most  – those who don’t know they are infected or the already diagnosed?

“More new HIV infections are now caused by people who know they are positive. That’s the truth. And by a wide margin”.  The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?”  It is a question I have heard before, in one way or another, and it always makes me cringe. Not

Two minutes of advice on testing HIV-positive

published: October, 08, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on his video contribution to the "You've Got This" campaign for those newly diagnosed wth HIV

Two minutes of advice on testing HIV-positive

This is a clever social media campaign: Healthline, an online health community, has asked people who have been living with HIV to create videos for those who have recently tested positive, known as “You’ve Got This.” Think of it as “It Gets Better” for those with HIV. Of course, I had to create a video in my own peculiar way — something that demonstrates the sense of humor that has served me well over the course of 30 years living with HIV. Maybe my video will help someone you kno

The Night Don Lemon Hugged Me

published: December, 19, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Television, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King in the spotlight: a painful past, a CNN anchor - and the grace of a second chance

The Night Don Lemon Hugged Me

Our first meeting on-camera was six years ago. The memory of it pains me still, despite my enthusiasm for appearing on national television for any reason whatsoever.  “And how long have you been off drugs?” he asked. The look in his eyes carried a journalist’s skepticism. The intense lights of the CNN studio seemed to brighten at the question. “Six months,” I answered. The idea of appearing at the anchor desk with Don Lemon was losing its allure. Granted, I wanted to help promote

The ‘My Fabulous Disease’ Holiday Spectacular!

published: December, 17, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King wanted to call this “A Very Diseased Christmas” . But it’s a lovely post, it really is. The video will move and inspire you. Mark, we love you!

The ‘My Fabulous Disease’ Holiday Spectacular!

My mother’s home here in Shreveport, Louisiana, was fraught with excitement last week. Christmas decorations littered the living room, the almond scent of cookies filled the air, and last minute phone calls and arrangements made it all feel like a major production was underway. And there was. The event that had everyone scrambling was held on a Sunday afternoon, when siblings and extended family arrived for the taping of The ‘My Fabulous Disease’ Holiday Spectacular. Now just take that

Should AIDS Activists and Pharma Just Get Along?

published: July, 14, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S King ana the always complicated realtionship that big pharmaceutical companies have with the HIV community.

Should AIDS Activists and Pharma Just Get Along?

I’m having an identity crisis. Am I an AIDS activist, ready to question authority and demand high standards of service for those living with HIV/AIDS? Or am I a “resource” for the pharmaceutical industry, so that they might craft more effective community programs that will lead AIDS patients to “care.” And that care, no matter how they frame it or how sunny the smiles of their community liaisons, ideally would lead patients to their HIV drug product line. In this video episode of My