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Prevention and Policy

04 20, 2018

Name HIV Activists Fiercer Than the Positive Women’s Network. I’ll Wait.

By | 2018-04-20T14:14:31+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Mark S. King feels the love with sheroes Lillibeth Gonzalez, Lepena Reid, and Maria Mejia. You may have heard me sing the praises of The Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN) before, but until now I haven’t had the opportunity to show you, up close and personal, why I believe they are the [...]

04 17, 2018

I Wrote “The Truth About the 7,000.” Now What?

By | 2018-04-17T09:43:33+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

It began with a death and a lingering question. After a friend – an advocate who knew what to do to stay alive – died of an AIDS-related cause a few months ago, I was left wondering why. Together with other deaths in the news of people “unexpectedly” dying the same way, it felt like [...]

03 1, 2018

‘Versace’ Producer Corrects Offensive Remarks on HIV Stigma

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:21+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace in The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Jeff Daly/FX) In a new interview, Brad Simpson, a producer of the FX series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, has expressed regret for recent comments that appeared to dismiss modern HIV stigma. Charles Sanchez interviewed Simpson for a piece [...]

12 7, 2017

amfAR Chair Kenneth Cole Must Be Replaced. Here’s Five Suggestions.

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:23+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Javier Muñoz, Roberta Kaplan, Waheedah Shabazz-El, Nelson Vergel, and David Furnish would all make excellent replacements for disgraced AmFAR Board Chair Kenneth Cole. The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has been rocked by a scandal this year that involves shoe fashion maven Kenneth Cole, who serves as amfAR Board Chair, and amfAR [...]

11 20, 2017

Antron Reshaud Olukayode Died of AIDS. We Must Say It.

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:24+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Antron Reshaud Olukayode (photo: Rick Gore) This world lost a remarkable young man on November 12th, when Antron-Reshaud Olukayode, a 33-year-old HIV educator, writer, and performance artist from Atlanta died of AIDS. Antron lived with HIV for fifteen years. He died of AIDS. It is enormously important that we say that. His many [...]

11 8, 2017

Punishing Disease: Turning People with HIV into Criminals

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:25+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Sociologist Trevor Hoppe is a gay man with his finger on the pulse of gay sexual politics, a topic he has written about for years. He's also an over-achiever, defined as someone who is more productive than me. In his latest book, Punishing Disease, Hoppe tackles HIV criminalization, one of the most polarizing issues in [...]

11 2, 2017

Did Dan Savage Just Throw People with HIV Under the Bus?

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:26+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Dan Savage (Maarten de Boer / Getty Images) Gay advocate and sex advice columnist Dan Savage secured himself a seat in the gay promised land with his “It Gets Better” campaign and accompanying book. And I don’t say that because my gay brother and I are in it. It is frustrating, then, that [...]

10 24, 2017

This HIV Survivor Quit Smoking to Vape. Don’t Judge.

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:27+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Mark S. King gets some vape love from advocate Damon L. Jacobs. My years of smoking are much more likely to kill me than HIV. I suppose that’s progress, and testament to how far we have come in my 32 years living with the virus. So why am I so defensive about my [...]

10 12, 2017

That Time ‘Will & Grace’ Forgot HIV Exists. Again.

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:28+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Ben Platt and Eric McCormack in Will & Grace, The revived Will & Grace television comedy has some pithy things to say about aging as gay men and our need to create families where we find them. The producers of the show, which is already a hit with audiences and critics, seem to [...]

09 12, 2017

Watch: Right After Testing HIV Positive, She Found Her Voice at USCA

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:30+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Takia (center) visits the Mr. Friendly booth at USCA with Dave Watt (left) and the PrEP Warrior (Erwin KiddFriendly Willhite). (WATCH: VIDEO BELOW) Hearing Takia tell me about her short journey with HIV – she  tested HIV positive just a few months ago – was the easy part for me. She and I [...]

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