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June 6th, 2013

How ‘The Denver Principles’ Changed HIV/AIDS — and Healthcare — Forever

Mark King

“We condemn attempts to label us as ‘victims,’ which implies defeat, and we are only occasionally ‘patients,’ which implies passivity, helplessness, and dependence upon the care of others. We are ‘people with AIDS.’”

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May 29th, 2013

The Fabulous Wizard of POZ

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Negotiations between myself and POZ Magazine were heated, I will admit. First they claimed Leibovitz was busy and Scavullo was dead, and then they rejected my request for body painting at the studio to sculpt my abs. Oh, and I had to wear a shirt.

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May 24th, 2013

The New National Voice of People with HIV is…

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At a recent town hall forum in Washington, DC for people living with HIV, the very idea of what it means to be positive — and who is our national voice of advocacy — was […]

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February 27th, 2013

HIV and Gay Media: The Vanishing Virus

Mark and Bil

What, then, is the responsibility of LGBT media in this climate of rising infection rates and a bored readership? Do they have a responsibility to serve as advocates for better public awareness?

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February 18th, 2013

The Increasingly Strange Case of Uncle Poodle

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Thompson made up the prosecution story. He behaved in much the same way that most everyone does who tests HIV positive these days. He looked for someone else to blame.

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January 28th, 2013

Your Mother Liked It Bareback

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We have come to the homophobic conclusion that when gay men engage in intercourse without a barrier we label it psychotic barebacking, but when straight people do it we call it sex.

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January 24th, 2013

Treating My Facial Wasting with Artefill

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My dismay over my facial wasting pitted two strong emotions against one another: my pride in being a longtime HIV/AIDS survivor, and my shame for looking like one.

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January 17th, 2013

In My Humble, Closeted Opinion

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How could I march in a gay pride parade with “No One Knows I’m HIV positive” emblazoned on my t-shirt but I couldn’t come out in a room of eight men?

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January 2nd, 2013

The Private War That Killed Spencer Cox

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When legendary AIDS treatment activist Spencer Cox died on December 18, 2012, the cause of death was AIDS-related complications, which is understandable if post-traumatic stress, despair, and drug addiction are complications related to AIDS.

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December 13th, 2012

The Night Don Lemon Hugged Me

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Don Lemon, who remembered our first visit and never mentioned the circumstances, who knew this interview meant growth for me, a sort of redemption perhaps, and who even knew a little about overcoming shame himself, reached out in a simple gesture of support.

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