Articles tagged with: My Fabulous Disease

HIV treatment activist Nelson Vergel faces down cancer

published: January, 15, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // General Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S King on the cruel irony of battling mightily against one disease - HIV - and then facing another – cancer.

HIV treatment activist Nelson Vergel faces down cancer

In the summer of 2013, thousands of subscribers to Nelson Vergel’s “PozHealth” listserv received a startling email from the HIV positive fitness and nutrition expert. “You are probably wondering why I have been so quiet the last few weeks…” the message began. Vergel, a trained chemical engineer who devoted himself to HIV treatment advocacy after testing positive in 1985, had a troubling explanation for his online absence. A diagnosis of cancer. “It took me months to come out to

Gay cruise

published: November, 21, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Travel, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King with a video report on the 2013 HIV Cruise Retreat (the "poz cruise")

Gay cruise

 Aboard The 2013 HIV Cruise Retreat! Another year, another magical Caribbean adventure with a happy community of people living with HIV and our loved ones. It could only be the annual HIV Cruise Retreat, also known as “the Poz Cruise.” We gathered in Miami from around the world, with a record attendance of almost 300 people. There was a couple from Sweden, a guy from Germany, and a family of five from the West coast. The only thing we had in common was the presence of HIV in our lives

The inspiring advocates of the 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS

published: September, 21, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Conferences, International , Mark S. King

A video blog from Mark S. King about what went down at the recent U.S. AIDS conference in New Orleans

The inspiring advocates of the 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS

At the recent 2013 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) in New Orleans, the word “stigma” wafted through the event, in workshops and throughout the exhibit hall, like an annoying new pop song you couldn’t stop humming.  The Stigma Project. The Mr. Friendly campaign. The CDC “Let’s Stop HIV Together” media campaign. My own POZ Magazine stigma cover story issue (“The Sound of Stigma”), an indictment of gay community and the antipathy between positive and negative, sat in sta

An AIDS death in the family

published: July, 16, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark. S. King looks back to 1989 and the death of his brother’s partner

An AIDS death in the family

“There were people who displayed remarkable courage then. People who lived and died by their promises and shared the intimacy of death…” – Once, When We Were Heroes My brother Richard would later refer to it as a “command performance.” It was 1989, and he had phoned me after weeks of frustrating silence about the declining health of his lover Emil. Richard said that Emil wanted to see me. “Tonight,” he said. Charlie, my partner at the time, and I walked through their front do

A cure for AIDS: The HIV advocates turning hope into action

published: July, 04, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King features the voices of those HIV advocates, many of whom are “cautiously optimistic” that a cure is not too far down the road.

A cure for AIDS: The HIV advocates turning hope into action

My first “AIDS job” in 1987 was at the first AIDS organization in Los Angeles, LA Shanti, and we provided emotional support to clients with AIDS who were usually in their last weeks of life. The intimacy our trained volunteers experienced with the dying, helping them find some inner peace as they left us, is worthy of its own blog posting sometime. Let’s just say it was intense.  We hoped for a cure early on, and then our hope faded. Before long, we didn’t dare hope any longer. We ju

Denver, Larry and David

published: June, 14, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on how the Denver Principles changed HIV/AIDS — and healthcare — forever. Plus a nod to the work of PositiveLite.com’s own David Phillips.

Denver, Larry and David

You must know this, because it matters. Because it has already changed your life, no matter who you are, and you may not even realize it. Because as we search for a new national voice for people living with HIV (since the ugly demise of The National Association of People with AIDS), and as LGBT community leaders pledge to re-commit themselves to HIV issues, the voice of people with HIV matters more than ever.  That isn’t about a vague concept. It began at a very real meeting, which gave bi

The fabulous wizard of POZ

published: June, 06, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King at his funniest. But has fame as a POZ magazine cover girl gone to his head? Read his tongue in cheek answer.

The fabulous wizard of POZ

Every month or so, a group of people in my area host “poz socials,” a house party for people living with HIV. I found myself at one recently, because I thought it was important to make an appearance since becoming a literary superstar.  I was settled into the living room sofa and liked the spot very much. Sharing a couch with regular folk has an air of humility about it, while its angle allowed me to be viewed by a large number of the guests milling about. The man next to me leaned in c

The new national voice of people with HIV in the U.S is…

published: June, 01, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, International , Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S King on the demise of the US advocacy organization NAPWA and what has risen from the ashes.

The new national voice of people with HIV in the U.S is…

PositiveLite.com says: This story will be of interest to Canadian readers even though Canada does not have anything like the equivalent of The National Association for People with AIDS, the US advocacy organization which has just folded after allegations of financial mismanagement and ultimately declaring bankruptcy.  At a recent town hall forum in Washington, DC for people living with HIV, the very idea of what it means to be positive — and who is our national voice of advocacy — was qu

Revisiting my sad and trivial night with Rock Hudson

published: April, 14, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Movies, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King: “This memory still brings back fear and melancholy, like a ghost story that stubbornly haunts me after all these years…”

Revisiting my sad and trivial night with Rock Hudson

Over and over, footage of Rock Hudson standing next to Doris Day was playing on television, and he looked ghastly. His skin was wrinkled and sunken as if by very old age. It was 1985, and it was one of the last close-up images most of us would ever see of the movie icon. And it was terrifying.  My heart was pounding, and I tried to listen to the voice-over, which spoke of the sudden illness of Rock Hudson and speculation that he might have AIDS. Throughout the newscast, memories of a night i

Behind the scenes of the video series “A Day in the Life”

published: March, 30, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King and his TheBody.com profiles of a salsa dancing couple, a body builder, a drug addict who survived the streets and more inspiring people living with HIV.

Behind the scenes of the video series “A Day in the Life”

I have some amazing friends for you to meet.  Beginning two years ago, TheBody.com asked me to produce a series of videos (“A Day in the Life: Keeping Up With Your HIV Meds”) that would profile a person living with HIV, what their day looks like, and how their medication regimen fits into their daily routine. It was a great opportunity to highlight the everyday lives of people living with HIV, but also to let their spirit and passions come through, and show we are whole people — not s

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