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September 15th, 2015

VIDEO: The 2015 United States Conference on AIDS

Not to get all southern gothic on you, but I depend upon the kindness of strangers. Especially when producing video blogs at conferences.

Social to Mobile selfie“Excuse me, would you please just hold this camera and point it at me while I talk to these people?” I must have said that sentence at least 40 times during the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), held recently in Washington, DC. Every single interview you see in my video blog below was shot by whomever was wandering by at the time. Thanks, y’all!

The video contains three AIDS czars, one stripper pole, a ferocious batch of trans protestors, and more inspirational front-line workers than you can shake a stick at. My congratulations to the National Minority AIDS Council for their famously creative production of the weekend.


The spirit shared by the advocates, healthcare providers, and organizations who convened for USCA was electrifying, and just the boost many of us need to keep our energy up and our dedication renewed.

Oh, and special thanks to the CDC’s Act Against AIDS campaign for letting me take over their Instagram page during the conference (follow them here), and to Gilead Sciences for sponsoring the “Mind the Gap” session on social media and inviting me to host it.

I love what I do. I love the work you’re doing, too. As always, you are welcome to re-post my content, share it, take the YouTube video above and post it within your page, whatever might help share the messages of this amazing event and the awesome people who attended.

Thanks, my friends, and please be well.


(The photo above was the selfie the Social to Mobile speakers took at the end of our session, and includes – left to right – YouTube star Davey Wavey, blogger Guy Anthony, Michelle Samplin-Salgado of AIDS.gov, Luvvie Ajayi of the Red Pump Project, Miguel Gomez of AIDS.gov, myself, and Michael Crawford from Freedom to Marry.)



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6 Responses to “VIDEO: The 2015 United States Conference on AIDS”

  1. Jeff Coulter Says:

    September 15th, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    This is the reason that Mark’s blog is THE BLOG to read to stay educated and connected. This vlog is funny, educational and inspirational. Love it!

  2. Vickie Lynn Says:

    September 15th, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Absolutely fabulous!

  3. Lepena Red Says:

    September 15th, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Always Delightful & Informative…be Well!

  4. Claire Gasamagera Says:

    September 16th, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    How did I miss meeting you at the USCA 2015? I was born with HIV and I’m 32 years old! I have seen myself in your video but I have been reading you over years and I am asking myself how did I miss meeting you in person? I am a blogger and a writer, I hope to meet you in another opportunity. I hoped to request you to be a contributor to your blog as a Blogger. Please if you can, come to the Motown (Detroit) we will be glad to have you. Indeed we live healthy and happy with our fabulous disease.
    Claire Gasamagera

    (USCA is crazy! Sorry we missed one another. — Mark)

  5. Anne King Says:

    September 17th, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Terrific commentary, with recognition for activists working in various important fields.
    Keep up the good work!!

  6. JT Says:

    September 17th, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Great report Mark!

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