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October 16th, 2014

Carlton’s risky denial of hustlers, sex, and HIV.

Carlton Cigarette

My friend Carlton is a chain smoker, even if all his cigarettes are imaginary. His standard pose consists of one hand resting on his hip — elbow jutting out as if in the midst of […]

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October 9th, 2014

Michael Loves Tyler: A Very Modern HIV Romance

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Tyler Helms won’t stop teasing his boyfriend during our video chat interview. He fiddles with Michael’s ear, or tickles his face, from his seat slightly behind him. No matter if Michael Lucas, adult film producer […]

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September 29th, 2014

Finding a Pain of My Very Own

Mark Hospital Bed

I have twenty staples in my back holding an incision together. It hurts. Just making that rather gruesome statement leaves me feeling conflicted. Yes, I want sympathy. Yes, this pain has been a constant companion […]

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September 2nd, 2014

VIDEO: Methtacular! The Addictive Musical Comedy

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It is no secret that I am a crystal meth addict in recovery. But writing about it, at least in the often humorous style for which my blog is known, escapes me. My process of […]

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August 19th, 2014

I Lost My Mind… Until the NIH Found It

MRI Mark

When I moved to Los Angeles in 1981, my first job as a struggling actor was making popcorn at the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. My encounters with celebrity was limited to serving Diet Cokes […]

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August 6th, 2014

Damon L. Jacobs: The Calm in the PrEP Storm

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In 1977, I ran for senior class president, hoping against hope that my penchant for wearing platform shoes and fellating men in my spare time might somehow get overlooked by my high school classmates in […]

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July 29th, 2014

AIDS2014: The Complete Video Blog Collection

Theo-Mark

The AIDS2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, proved to be as colorful and exhausting as I had anticipated. There was no lack of images in the gorgeous city to share in my daily video […]

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July 14th, 2014

Going Down Under for AIDS2014!

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(NOTE: My AIDS2014 coverage is exclusive to TheBody.com this year and you can find my daily videos on their main page beginning this Sunday, July 20th.) Are you ready for a theater piece about HIV […]

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June 29th, 2014

(VIDEO) The Juicy SILENCE=DEATH Stories You Never Knew

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There was no way I could attend a recent conference with Avram Finkelstein, one of the artists behind the iconic SILENCE=DEATH image, and not make him sit down with me and spill all the juicy […]

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June 16th, 2014

Sally Field, Rational Relating, and a Comedy of Life with HIV

Charles Sanchez

Charles Sanchez skips a lot. It is a natural, vivacious skip, an outpouring of unabashed joy that melds the cheerfulness of The Sound of Music with the bliss of the Pharrell Williams “Happy” video. Nothing […]

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