Articles tagged with: My Fabulous Disease

Heroes Week: Can I blame gay culture for my drug addiction, please?

published: June, 04, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Mark S. King

Mark S King: after a lifetime of sporadic, recreational drug use, I became a full-blown crystal meth addict ten years ago, and then eventually got clean and sober in January of 2009. But why would I, or anyone as engaged in life as I was . .

Heroes Week: Can I blame gay culture for my drug addiction, please?

 . . . . morph in to a drug addict? It seemed an unlikely turn of events for a gay advocate and outspoken community leader living with HIV. Was my drug addiction some sort of post-traumatic stress from the AIDS horror show of the 1980’s? Maybe it pre-dated AIDS, and resulted from the stress and shame of growing up gay. It’s easy to understand why anyone who came of age believing they were perverted (and going straight to hell) might need a stiff drink. Research indicates that gay men

Six Tips for Choosing your HIV Doctor

published: April, 25, 2011 Categories // Health, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

We get to meet Mark S King’s doctor, who walks us through what to look for in finding HIV and primary care

Six Tips for Choosing your HIV Doctor

I had to say goodbye to my doctor recently. I was moving out of state, and Dr. David Morris of Pride Medical Group in Atlanta had been nothing but a patient, supportive teacher to me. Over the years he’s seen me through Hepatitis C, a few crystal meth drug relapses and three boyfriends. I love him and what he’s done for me, and I hated the prospect of finding a replacement in Florida. Fortunately, Dr. Morris agreed to give me some tips to make the process easier, and in this video episode

The Hard Facts on Erectile Dysfunction: Pills, Pumps and Prosthetics

published: April, 13, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Health, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Don't be shy! Mark S King, with an assist from fitness guru Nelson Vergel, brings you all you need to know to make those hard choices

The Hard Facts on Erectile Dysfunction: Pills, Pumps and Prosthetics

I suppose it was only a matter of time before HIV fitness guru and hottie Nelson Vergel and I ended up in bed together. After rummaging through my kitchen in a video blog about healthy eating, and then flexing his biceps at the gym when he instructed me on weight training, it really was more than he could bear. The man is only human, after all. Alas, our queen-sized romp which opens this video was clothed, comical, and quite chaste. But it was the perfect place to start a blog about erectile d

In Praise of HIV Negative Gay Men!

published: March, 23, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S King says : In the anxious world of sexuality and HIV risk, we could all use a little love and support. So, in the spirit of everyone getting the attention they deserve, allow me a moment to throw a party for HIV negative gay men.

In Praise of HIV Negative Gay Men!

HIV negative gay men hear a lot about what they should be doing (or not doing), but rarely about what they are doing well. They have had to plod along, making the best choices they could to remain negative, fearing every blood test, and often watching friends become infected with HIV. Clearly, HIV positive people are subjected to daily stigmatization and prejudice, from the workplace to the dating pool. But this isn’t a contest. Considering this blog site is devoted to living joyfully with H

My t-cells could use a facelift. - Updated March 18, 2011

published: March, 18, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Health, Mark S. King

Mark S. King: Can I still complain about getting older if I was supposed to be dead twenty years ago? That’s the dilemma of aging HIV positive guys like me.

My t-cells could use a facelift. - Updated March 18, 2011

Feeling victorious over AIDS only takes your self esteem so far; there’s no HIV medication to fight wrinkles. Oh wait, there is. I had facial injections last year (and showed you the process) to alleviate moderate facial wasting, and it fixed me right up. Then I got padded butt shorts for those occasions I wear my beloved 501’s and I want to feel more confident. And let’s not forget the testosterone my doctor prescribed years ago that has kept a youthful bounce in my step ever since

After dark: touring a sex club for positive gay men

published: March, 04, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

The always provocative Mark S King turns up the heat and turns the spotlight on sex clubs, serosorting and sensuality.

After dark: touring a sex club for positive gay men

The idea that HIV positive people still want sex is as old as The Denver Principles, the 1983 manifesto drawn up by gay men with AIDS that demanded “as full and satisfying a sexual and emotional life as anyone else.” The document also stated that people with HIV/AIDS have an ethical responsibility to share their status with others. Fast forward to today, and HIV positive gay men are as open as ever about their status and their sexual preferences (setting aside, if we can for the moment, th

Video Post: Fitness stud Nelson Vergel raids Mark S. King's fridge.

published: February, 26, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Health, Mark S. King

"Nelson Vergel is not impressed with my refrigerator. Sure, it has double doors and a freezer drawer, but he’s criticizing almost every damn thing inside it. Most of the items say “low fat” or “sugar free,” but he claims it’s all a terrible lie."

Video Post: Fitness stud Nelson Vergel raids Mark S. King's fridge.

Letting the HIV fitness and nutrition expert  take over my kitchen seemed like a good idea at the time. I turned fifty over the holidays (after living with HIV for over half my life, I’m ancient in AIDS years), and my body is… changing. I need to pull myself together. I did quit smoking a year ago – perhaps my greatest health achievement, aside from getting clean and sober – but while resting on my laurels, my laurels got hungry. Today, I’m hauling at least twenty extra pounds.

Winning a car on The Price is Right

published: February, 13, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Television, Mark S. King

Mark S. King says “Come on down" memory lane as he recounts the tale of how we won a car on THAT game show, and he has the video to prove it!

Winning a car on The Price is Right

 When I was nineteen years old, I vacationed to Los Angeles and won a car on “The Price is Right.” In the following years, if I really liked you and wanted to impress you — or give you a small, wacky glimpse of my life — then at some juncture I’d say “So hey, have you ever been to Los Angeles?” Or, “Did I ever tell you about the car?” It was a long time ago. Thirty years. I have a videotape of the entire episode (see below for an excerpt) and it gets trotted out and view

Hitting the Gym with HIV Fitness Expert Nelson Vergel

published: February, 08, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Health, Mark S. King

I’m as vain as the next guy. And if the next guy happens to be modest, or straight, or comfortable in his own skin, then it’s really no contest.

Hitting the Gym with HIV Fitness Expert Nelson Vergel

I’m as vain as the next guy. And if the next guy happens to be modest, or straight, or comfortable in his own skin, then it’s really no contest. I’m way more vain. Describing my vanity requires making up new words. Vainer. The vainiest. Psychovain. That must be the old Mark, because the new one is appearing in gym clothes standing next to HIV fitness and nutrition expert Nelson Vergel. There I am, all doughy and smiling, thirty pounds heavier after a year without a cigarette (how long do

Anita Mann’s infamous TV Set Number

published: February, 01, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Mark S. King

The funniest, most inventive drag performance ever. PositiveLite contributor Mark S. King dons a dress and goes on stage to show how it’s really done.

Anita Mann’s infamous TV Set Number

Set to Nancy Lamott’s “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” my drag queen alter ego Anita Mann battles herself locked in a TV set in this, her finest hour on stage. This performance was taped at a fund raiser for gay and lesbians in recovery from drugs and alcohol, since Anita (and I) are in recovery from crystal meth addiction. PostiveLite says: Read more about Mark’s struggle with addiction here. This entry originally appeared on Mark”s "other home" - MY FABULOUS DISEASE   B

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