Articles tagged with: My Fabulous Disease

Remembering, and Saying Her Name

published: April, 13, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on his blogging career with TheBody.com, the woman who helped him start and a look back at his very first video effort.

Remembering, and Saying Her Name

In the Summer of 2008, I received a curious package from Bonnie Goldman, the editor of TheBody.com. Inside was a Flip video camera, what was then a new-fangled device that allowed you to take video footage with a camera the size of a pack of cigarettes. It came with a simple note. “I think you should try this,” it said. How did she know? I wondered. I had never mentioned to her that I once taped a special for my newborn niece, back when video cameras were the size of footballs and editin

The Unfortunate Pursuits of the Idle Blogger

published: April, 06, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Writer Mark S. King is asked to critique some “gay erotic fiction” aka porn sent to him. “Using standard literary analysis felt like watching a skin flick and wondering if the wooden floors they’re flailing around on are bamboo.”

The Unfortunate Pursuits of the Idle Blogger

Being a writer is not without its perks. I can’t exactly name one at the moment, but I’m certain they exist. Hold it, here’s one. Starting sentences with “Being a writer…” Oh, and receiving gay erotic fiction from a guy who wants feedback on his work. This morning as I chomped down my Raisin Bran Crunch, I opened email from an aspiring writer and read his gay sex story called “Jason’s Awakening.” The title has kind of a grand sweep, don’t you think? Very English Patient. O

Dealing with Shame can be a Drag

published: March, 25, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King says “Being a drag queen, even for a night, terrified and delighted me. But the performer in me won out, wouldn’t you know, and Anita Mann was born.” The rest is history!

Dealing with Shame can be a Drag

We’re born naked… and the rest is drag.” — RuPaul When I was nine years old, I took my parents’ album of the Broadway musical “Damn Yankees” and memorized every syllable of Gwen Verdon’s show stopper, “Who’s Got the Pain When They Do the Mambo?” Once I was satisfied with my lip-synching and choreography (I decided that a mambo was a dance in which young boys gyrated and flung themselves on and off the living room sofa), the number was ready for public display. The premi

Living with Hep C

published: February, 24, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Hep B and C, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S King has been there. But he says “The good news, thank God, is that the treatment plan worked, and I cleared hepatitis C from my body. There has been no recurrence. “

Living with Hep C

The image in my mind has never left me, even after many years of trying, of applying layers of wallpaper to that corner of my mind. I am in someone’s bedroom — it could have been anyone, really — and I am offered a syringe to inject crystal meth. The syringe has been used. I take it. I consider the consequences for a brief moment, but I am cavalier. And very, very high. I use the syringe. It wasn’t the threat of HIV that gave me pause. It was hepatitis C, which I knew was serious… a

HIV Criminalization Face-Off: One Poz Man and His Accuser

published: February, 13, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Legal, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King” What if you could witness a face-to-face confrontation between a man living with HIV and the sex partner accusing him of not revealing his status? Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on that wall?

HIV Criminalization Face-Off: One Poz Man and His Accuser

The fireworks could be mighty, as emotions raged between the furious accuser and the positive person trying to defend his actions. What might that meeting look like, exactly? In this video, you’re about to find out. Amidst the highly charged emotions of the HIV criminalization debate, “sides” are developing. One side believes that those with HIV who do not tell their sex partners about their status should go to jail. Period. But others claim that there is little public health benefit t

Divorce, Stress, HIV – and No Jokes

published: November, 10, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S King goes on the couch to try processing his recent break-up, talks with a friend then gives a nod to PositiveLIte.com

Divorce, Stress, HIV – and No Jokes

  This is a rather personal blog video, there’s no doubt about that. I’m even a little apprehensive because it doesn’t offer the usual helpful tips or the “entertainment value” of my other videos. But one of my problems has always been trying to be the life of the party when I’m not feeling it. So please allow me to offer you a different Mark than you might be used to, unplugged and exposed. The last few weeks have been tough, I won’t lie to you. My nine-year relationship came

Playing the Last Scene of a Marriage

published: October, 24, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King hears the words no one wants to hear “I’m not in love with you anymore.”

Playing the Last Scene of a Marriage

He said this at the dinner table as he made the first cut of his steak, a beautiful ribeye he had grilled to perfection. I put down my own knife and fork and stared at him. “This isn’t new, or else you haven’t been listening,” he said, a bit wary of my gaze. “You knew I wasn’t happy a year ago. And we’ve just ignored it.” He took a bite and I hated him for it, for having the digestion for this. I had dropped the butter, that’s how this started. I had been setting the table an

Patients take the lead: the internet - and blogging - are changing the way people learn about health.

published: October, 06, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Health, Mark S. King

Mark S King and the social media revolution where patients seek info, help and support online and we hear from bloggers/advocates at the forefront of this paradigm shift in health care delivery.

Patients take the lead: the internet  - and blogging - are changing the way people learn about health.

You’re part of a healthcare revolution in cyberspace, my friends. It’s changing the way people find treatment information, relate to their doctor, and support one another. And you’re about to meet some of the marvellous people who are leading the charge. Did you know that 80% of internet users spend time gathering health information  That makes it the third most popular online pursuit, following only e-mail and using a search engine (and yes, that means more than porn. Is your mind

GIPA in Action: How the Denver Principles changed AIDS (and health care) forever.

published: September, 20, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Conferences, Health, Mark S. King

Mark S. King with an important review of how GIPA (the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS) - which movement we often despair over – has actually made great strides since its kick-off with the Denver Principles in 1983

GIPA in Action: How the Denver Principles changed AIDS (and health care) forever.

You must know this, because it matters. Because it has already changed your life and you may not even realize it. It was 1983. Just a year prior, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) became the fearful nameplate for the murderer of gay friends and lovers. The virus that caused it, HIV, had only been identified a few months earlier. Amidst this atmosphere of unremitting grief and fear, a group of activists met in Denver as part of a gay and lesbian health conference. Among them, a dozen

Facebook Put My Life Together Again

published: August, 14, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Mark S. King

Mark S King says: “Facebook has allowed me to tell the truth again. It has shown me how to be authentic and the same person to everyone in the various corners of my life.”

Facebook Put My Life Together Again

Today I accepted the Facebook friend request of someone I knew in high school. We haven’t spoken in more than thirty years. She is married with a load of kids, and God knows why she wants to befriend the scandalous queer who wore knee-high platform boots to the junior dance in our home town of Bossier City, Louisiana. I did what I always do. I accepted her request and included a link to My Fabulous Disease, labeled as a blog chronicling my life “as an HIV positive gay man in recovery from

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