Articles tagged with: My Fabulous Disease

The night Miss America met the Biggest Star in the World

published: March, 24, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King scores again with a touching story of celebrity and an early AIDS hero he once worked with

The night Miss America met the Biggest Star in the World

It wasn’t easy keeping my composure when I interviewed for my first job for an AIDS agency in 1987. Sitting across from me was Daniel P. Warner, the founder of the first AIDS organization in Los Angeles, LA Shanti. Daniel was achingly beautiful. He had brown eyes as big as serving platters and muscles that fought the confines of the safe sex t-shirt he was wearing.  At 26 years old, with my red hair and freckles that had not yet faded, I wasn’t used to having conversations with the kind

Our transgender teachable moment

published: February, 11, 2015 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Television, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King on the new visibility of trans men and women in activism, in the media and in the arts

Our transgender teachable moment

The lobby of the Melbourne convention center at the international AIDS conference last July was packed with scientists, community educators, and activists. I was busy wrangling interviews for my daily video blogs.  Across the room I spotted JoAnne Keatley and Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, two of the most visible transgender women in the world and experts on transgender issues. I scurried up to them for a sound bite on their thoughts about the conference. “This has been quite a year for trans pe

Sean Strub and the legacy of AIDS

published: February, 04, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King interviews Sean Strub, founder of POZ Magazine and a lifelong advocate for those of us living with HIV

Sean Strub and the legacy of AIDS

Before my interview with activist Sean Strub, author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival, let me share a revealing story.  It was late 2011 and my life was in shambles. The breakup of a long term relationship had sent me into a spiral, followed closely by a devastating drug addiction relapse. I had weathered the fallout and taken refuge at my mother’s home in Louisiana. And then came a phone call from Sean Strub, founder of POZ Magazine and lifelong advocate for

My gonorrhea nostalgia

published: January, 15, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Condom use is still being urged for people with undectectable viral loads or on PrEP because of the danger of contracting STIs. But, asks, Mark S King “When did avoiding every possible STI become the new goal for gay sexual behavior?”

 My gonorrhea nostalgia

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 dance card was filled.  When I admitted my telltale symptoms to a friend, he directed me to the local clinic in the heart of the gay strip. The waiting area, filled to the brim with gay men, had the undeniable scent of Brut cologne and testosterone,

VIDEO: This gay teenage couple defies HIV stereotypes

published: November, 27, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King with Chanse and his boyfriend Josh, both 19 years old, who both swept into action when Chanse tested positive, Josh learned he was HIV-negative and the decisions they made about PrEP

VIDEO: This gay teenage couple defies HIV stereotypes

When Chanse, a 19-year-old gay man living in Shreveport, Louisiana, tested HIV-positive a few months ago, his mother reacted with understandable emotion and concern. And then she did something both odd and beautiful: she threw Chanse a coming out party.  “We had a couple of dozen family members and friends there,” Chanse told me during my recent visit to my hometown. “And halfway through the party we started pinning red ribbons on everyone. They didn’t know what to make of it.” Hi

Finding a pain of my very own

published: October, 07, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on the recent back surgery that left him seeing pain and loss in a whole new perspective

Finding a pain of my very own

I have twenty staples in my back holding an incision together. It hurts.  Just making that rather gruesome statement leaves me feeling conflicted. Yes, I want sympathy. Yes, this pain has been a constant companion for the last two months, from throwing out my back again to discovering from an MRI that a nerve was being crushed to a serious back surgery and then a slow recovery with more pain than I bargained for. But the self-indulgence bothers me. How can we possibly complain, about anythi

Damon L. Jacobs: the calm in the PrEP storm

published: August, 10, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Dating, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, International , Lifestyle, Media, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King talked to outspoken PrEP advocate Damon L. Jacobs and asks what happens when an advocate becomes a true media symbol of an issue? How does he cope with the scrutiny?

Damon L. Jacobs: the calm in the PrEP storm

In 1977, I ran for senior class president, hoping against hope that my penchant for wearing platform shoes and fellating men in my spare time might somehow get overlooked by my high school classmates in Bossier City, Louisiana. I lost that faith when my campaign signs throughout the school hallways were vandalized. As the student body arrived that morning we were greeted with the word “FAG” scrawled across the posters in red spray paint.  Trying to comfort me, our student counselor Mrs.

AIDS2014: The Complete Video Blog Collection

published: August, 03, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, Conferences, International , Living with HIV, Media, Mark S. King

Behind the scenes at AIDS 2014 with Mark S. King’s video blog from Melbourne Australia

AIDS2014: The Complete Video Blog Collection

The AIDS 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, proved to be as colorful and exhausting as I had anticipated. There was no lack of images in the gorgeous city to share in my daily video blogs, and that included the faces of countless advocates from around the world.  My deep thanks to my friends at TheBody.com, who sent me to the conference and for whom I created exclusive content of the event. My Fabulous Disease was born on their site and it is a real gift to continue

NEGATIVE: HIV negative gay men speaking for themselves

published: April, 29, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King with a must-see video that features negative gay men talking about their sex lives, their fears of becoming infected, and, perhaps most surprising, what they really think of HIV positive guys

NEGATIVE: HIV negative gay men speaking for themselves

“Talk to me like you talk to your friends when no one is around.”  That was my only request when I sat down with each of four HIV negative gay men to create a short film about their lives and attitudes (video below). They held back nothing, sharing details of their sex lives, their fears of becoming infected, and, perhaps most surprising, what they really think of HIV positive guys. I couldn’t believe their candor, and have worked to distill two days of explicit conversations into ten

When people with HIV became suicide bombers

published: April, 09, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // International , Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S King says “HIV criminalization does nothing to reduce the impact of a new HIV infection. It doubles it.”

When people with HIV became suicide bombers

Maybe we should blame the criminal prosecutions of people with HIV on the mythical legend of Gaetan Dugas, also known by his slanderous nickname, Patient Zero. Dugas was a gay flight attendant from Canada who, according to Randy Shilts’ 1987 book And the Band Played On, was among the first people with HIV in the United States. As the story goes, energetic Dugas spent lots of time in the very early 1980′s getting laid in practically every city with an airport, even after learning he had th

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