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I’m an HIV positive gay man in recovery from drug addiction. What’s not to love?

Be sure to check my entire video library here or browse my blog postings below. Get ready for some frank opinion, inspirational writing, debate on sexual politics, videos of poz life featuring my family and friends, and even some infamous drag.

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The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. The song, “Collect My Love,” was released by The […]

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My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea, and Advocacy

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Amidst the happy haze of good news about the efficacy of PrEP in preventing new HIV infections and the growing consensus that people living with HIV who are undetectable are not infectious, there is troubling […]

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Pregnant Guest Kicked Out of ‘Charm Ball’ Over Protest Fears

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When this blogger chose to join protesters at Chase Brexton’s annual “Charm Ball” to voice concern over the direction of Baltimore’s largest healthcare provider to the LGBT community, there was little doubt there would be […]

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Catching Up with Chase Brexton’s ‘Fired Five’

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The five managers who were abruptly fired last month without notice by Chase Brexton, Baltimore’s largest healthcare provider to the city’s most vulnerable populations, met for lunch earlier this week. It was the first in-person […]

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What It Feels Like for a Mom

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(My mother, Anne King, turns 90 this month. This story is my tribute, and you can hear her story in her own words in the video below.) I was standing at the ticket counter of […]

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LEAKED: Five Point Internal Memo to Chase Brexton CEO!

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TO:         Richard Larison, CEO, Chase Brexton FROM:     Your Executive Assistant RE:         Five points about the recent unpleasantness Sir, I know you’ve asked me not to disturb you when you are sealed in your […]

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My Fabulous Disease Wins NLGJA ‘Best Blog’ Award

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There’s no way of saying this without it sounding like a humble brag, at best, so I’m just going to come right out with it. My Fabulous Disease has won the prestigious “Excellence in Blogging” […]

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The Human Toll of Chase Brexton’s Union-Busting Efforts

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  Jill Crank misses her patients terribly. And she is worried about them. “The last thing I want is for them to think I abandoned them,” Jill said. “I’m afraid they might not know what […]

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When AIDS Activists Hijacked the Olympic Rings

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a very touchy organization, most especially when it comes to the Olympic rings. They guard their trademark jealously and litigiously, commonly suing anyone who dares to approximate the iconic […]

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AIDS2016: The Full Video Collection from My Fabulous Disease

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The people, the parties, the protests! AIDS2016, the international AIDS conference held in Durban, South Africa from July 16-22, had it all. And it was my privilege to bring you the stunning sights and sounds […]

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Follow My Blogs from AIDS2016 in Durban South Africa!

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(UPDATE: See all of my video blogs from AIDS2016 right here.) Conference coverage might just be the most enjoyable aspect of blogging for me. There’s nothing like capturing a protest breaking out, or the emotions […]

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Gay Collective: “The Virus Divides. It Doesn’t Have To.”

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In a cramped meeting room in New York City on May 27, 2016, a dozen gay men, HIV positive and negative alike, came together to answer a vexing question: How do gay men bridge a […]

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My Muscles, My Disease: The Pitfalls of a Meth Addict

There is a folder, tucked within a folder, buried deep in my computer files. I shouldn’t be looking at its contents, yet I can’t bring myself to delete it altogether. It is labeled MARCUS, and […]

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My Response to Orlando in One Sublime Performance

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I can’t watch the news anymore right now. I have it muted, but will admit to glancing in its direction every few minutes. On the screen there are police cars and flashing lights and footage […]

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There’s More Room in a Broken Heart

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So don’t mind if I fall apart There’s more room in a broken heart. — Carly Simon, “Coming Around Again”When Will Armstrong emerges from heart surgery in just a few days, he will have weeks […]

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Reclaiming ‘Our Golden Years’ as People with HIV

Atlantan Jesse Peel, at 76, is one of those featured in Positively Aware's special issue, "Our Golden Years."

My friend Olivia G. Ford (she got that whole middle initial thing from me, I’m convinced of it) speaks even faster than I do. That’s a rare distinction. Olivia is also an editor. She was […]

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Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor

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The young woman sitting across from me on the bus is in her mid-20s. She turns to her companion and her voice grows serious. “I know someone who died,” she says in the hushed tone […]

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Checking Privilege at ‘HIV Is Not A Crime’ 2016

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The issues of race, gender and privilege crackled through the recent HIV Is Not A Crime (II) conference like a live wire, throwing sparks at every turn. From the main stage to the hallways, attendees […]

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The Nearly Naked AIDS Advocate

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When Benjamin “Ben” Ryan began taking dance classes ten years ago, the personal venture was a complete whim. After all, he was in his late twenties at the time – ancient for a beginning dancer […]

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Into the Desert, After the Bomb

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Daniel Cardone’s essential but relentlessly grim documentary about longtime AIDS survivors, Desert Migration, is fascinated with the bodies of the gay men it profiles. The film begins with lingering shots of each of the subjects […]

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