Articles tagged with: My Fabulous Disease

The increasingly strange case of Uncle Poodle

published: February, 26, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, International , Television, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King and a reality TV star. A candid confession. Grindr photos.A story that doesn't add up. And what it all says about us.

The increasingly strange case of Uncle Poodle

In the course of a few short months, Lee Thompson (“Uncle Poodle” to reality TV watchers) has managed to personify a variety of hot button issues among gay men today. He has come out as gay and HIV-positive. He has sent an ex-lover to jail and sent nude pictures via Grindr.  Or not. Depending on whom you believe. Let’s break down the strange case of Uncle Poodle. In what we can all agree was a positive development, Thompson publicly came out as gay last year and evidently has the love

Treating my facial wasting with Artefill

published: February, 04, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Ouch! Mark S King goes under the needle on video to demonstrate how a product called Artefil is used to treat lipoatrophy or facial wasting.

Treating my facial wasting with Artefill

For several years now, I’ve made the occasional pilgrimage to Vero Beach, Florida, to be treated by Dr. Gerald Pierone for facial wasting, or lipoatrophy. And for all of these years, we have battled The Look: the sunken cheeks and sagging face of someone who has been on HIV medications for a long time. In my latest video blog below, you’re going to see our progress, step by step.  It was all well and good to be front-and-centre as an HIV-positive man during the first years of the AIDS cr

In My Humble, Closeted Opinion

published: January, 29, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

To disclose in a very straight environment or not? Mark S. King “This is the story of how one AIDS activist sold his soul for sixty bucks.”

In My Humble, Closeted Opinion

Living with HIV can be expensive — you never know when you may need to dash to the pharmacy for some damn thing. Or renew your subscription to Vanity Fair. So I was happy to get on a list for a marketing company that would pay me to be interviewed about various subjects.  If there’s anything I like discussing, it’s my opinion. Recently they called and asked if I drank scotch. Of course, I responded. Love the stuff. Okay, it doesn’t precisely jive with the fact I’m a recovering add

Probing My Anal Phobia

published: January, 20, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on, well - getting to the bottom of it all

Probing My Anal Phobia

My fear of all things anal began when I was an early teen. My older brother David took great delight in bursting into our bathroom to startle me, especially if I was on the john. And, since I was a pubescent redhead, his sudden visits included a lot of laughing and pointing.  I was mortified beyond belief. To this day, I must be sure no one is in the house, and then close and lock the bedroom and bathroom doors before I can properly relax. And I live alone. But you can’t avoid everything

On Being Among Instinct Magazine’s “Leading Men of 2012″

published: November, 20, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

It’s always nice to be noticed, even better to be recognized for the work you do. Mark S. King on his recent honour.

On Being Among Instinct Magazine’s “Leading Men of 2012″

Recently I got a pop-up message on Facebook from a name I didn’t recognize. “Hi Mark,” it said. “We went to high school together in Bossier City, Louisiana, and I remember you very distinctly.”  “Uh oh,” I replied. Statements like that always make me nervous. Whatever popularity I had in high school evaporated when I revealed in my senior year that I had a boyfriend. Only my defiantly gay posturing kept the bullies at bay; they didn’t know what the hell to do with me. “It

Is there Pride in being HIV Positive?

published: November, 12, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

The shameless Mark S King pops the question: if HIV is nothing to be ashamed of, can it be something to be proud of?

Is there Pride in being HIV Positive?

During my new video blog episode, below, someone asks me incredulously if I would actually march down the street telling people I was HIV positive. Well, actually, I would. And have. Many Gay Pride parades ago, in 1994, I marched while wearing a t-shirt that said “NO ONE KNOWS I’M HIV POSITIVE.” This was prior to the advent of protease inhibitors, when many were still dying. The shirt felt like an enormous “screw you” to the virus, to the body count, and to anyone who had a problem

The Truth is Bad Enough: What Became of the Happy Hustler?

published: October, 29, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King and the story behind the "Happy Hustler" Michael Kearns’ memoir The Truth is Bad Enough

The Truth is Bad Enough:  What Became of the Happy Hustler?

The story behind the title of Michael Kearns’ memoir The Truth is Bad Enough is as delicious as the title itself. As Kearns’ parents – themselves worthy of a Tennessee Williams subplot — battled each other at their divorce proceeding when Michael was a child, his father presented damning surveillance of his mother’s many infidelities. The evidence was unimpeachable, but then the father tried raising the stakes by charging that the woman also physically abused him.  Kearns’ mother

Bridging the HIV Viral Divide with Friendship

published: July, 31, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S King on mixed status friendships: “Lynne Rhys and I were never supposed to become friends. It was just too unlikely.”

Bridging the HIV Viral Divide with Friendship

She is a divorced woman raising a teenaged daughter, and was barely aware of a “gay community” until she stepped tentatively out of the closet in midlife. She has a quiet and soft-spoken grace. She has manners. She readily burdens the blame if it means saving your feelings. She’s one of those people who apologize when I miss a turn while driving us somewhere, as if it must have been her fault.  When she walked into an audition for a play I was directing a few years ago, she was certain

The Stupid Question: “Are You Clean?”

published: June, 28, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on the dumbest question of all. Insulting too.

The Stupid Question: “Are You Clean?”

I took a shower this morning. I am clean. I might work out at the gym later, or maybe the trash bag will break on the way outside and I will scoop up coffee grounds and put them back into the bag. I will then be dirty. I will shower again. And I will be clean.  Anyone who questions whether or not HIV stigma is on the rise need look no further than online profiles and hookup sites, in which “Are you clean?” is asked with infuriating regularity. Or perhaps you have suffered the indignity o

Coming Out with Donna Summer

published: May, 27, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King remembers a musical icon that earned a treasured place in gay history

Coming Out with Donna Summer

The music my friends liked when I was a teenager intimidated me. It was the head-banging rock of the early seventies, and it felt alien and unappetizing. Most of all, it just felt… straight, in a way I knew I could never be. Alone in my room, I listened to my beloved Broadway musicals, and resigned myself to the fact that popular music would never really speak to me. And then in 1977, when I was sixteen years old, I began sneaking into the only gay bar in Shreveport, Louisiana. Inside I fou

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