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06 6, 2016

Reclaiming ‘Our Golden Years’ as People with HIV

By | June 6th, 2016|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|1 Comment

Atlantan Jesse Peel, at 76, is one of those featured in Positively Aware's special issue, "Our Golden Years." Photo: Charles Green 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 [...]

06 5, 2016

Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor

By | June 5th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

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 reserved for tales of mortality. Her friend looks up from his phone. “He was a good friend of my brother,” [...]

05 12, 2016

Into the Desert, After the Bomb

By | May 12th, 2016|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|2 Comments

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 as they begin their day.  It follows them through their routine, some of them naked, as they prepare breakfast, shower, [...]

11 6, 2015

Why I Wiped HIV Off My Face

By | November 6th, 2015|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Some years ago, I told someone that I was HIV positive before I agreed to his invitation for a date. “Yeah, I know,” he casually replied, and then he looked a little embarrassed, as if he shouldn’t have said it. It was too late, of course; I knew exactly what he meant. He could tell [...]

03 24, 2013

Behind the Scenes of the Video Series “A Day in the Life”

By | March 24th, 2013|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

I was knocked out by these people and their daily courage and fortitude. I really want to thank this group for taking me into their homes and lives and allowing me to share their stories with you.

01 24, 2013

Treating My Facial Wasting with Artefill

By | January 24th, 2013|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|5 Comments

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.

09 9, 2011

Those Doggone Days of Summer

By | September 9th, 2011|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|8 Comments

July and August were almost frantically productive for me, and I've followed it by the longest period of, well, nothing, since I began producing this blog. Sorry. Sometimes an HIV guy just needs to lay around and catch up on Top Chef and Real Housewives (God bless you, Bravo). Hopefully you caught my most recent [...]

08 2, 2011

I’m Gonna Wipe That AIDS Right Off of My Face

By | August 2nd, 2011|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|4 Comments

Several years ago, I told someone that I was HIV positive before I agreed to his invitation for a date. "Yeah, I know," he casually replied, and then he looked a little embarrassed, as if he shouldn't have said it. It was too late, of course; I knew exactly what he meant. He knew my [...]

03 8, 2011

A Very Special One-Year Anniversary Posting!

By | March 8th, 2011|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|14 Comments

When Mark first started My Fabulous Disease, I was pretty sure it was going to directly result in the destruction of humanity.  One year later, we're all still here. I can't believe I lost that bet. Myles Helfand, Editor, The Body, The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource My father always said, "Raise your hand. Ask the stupid [...]

02 22, 2011

My Fabulous Disease: The Top Ten Postings of Year One

By | February 22nd, 2011|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|2 Comments

"The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last." -- Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest How was this judged, exactly? I was afraid you might ask. Not on the number of hits or any formal voting procedure. I relied purely on feedback received through the year and from posted comments, but mostly, umm, [...]

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