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05 3, 2018

Revered AIDS Doctor Gabriel Torres: Redemption after Meth Addiction

By | 2018-05-03T16:35:20+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Torres, second from left, with St Vincent's staff in 1992. The article appeared in New York Magazine in 2008. I remember it quite distinctly. Titled “Another AIDS Casualty” and written by David France, the profile of once-famous New York AIDS physician Dr. Ramon “Gabriel” Torres was a heart-wrenching read. The story outlined a [...]

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 [...]

02 1, 2018

Hooray! HIV Stigma Is Over, Says Producer of Versace Series

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

Oh, to be a Hollywood producer. High-powered meetings and mimosas. Swimming pools. Movie stars. And as far as the eye can see, not a single person living with HIV experiencing stigma. That’s the candy-colored scenario presented by Brad Simpson, one of the executive producers of the FX series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

09 5, 2017

“As Much As I Can” Lifts Up Black Gay Men… and Blows Your Mind

By | 2018-05-03T14:15:21+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

George (PJ Johnnie) gets an HIV test, setting the multi-track action of the play into motion. As Much as I Can, the theatrical event playing at the historic Harlem Parish in New York City, May 8-24, 2018, isn’t content with merely showing you the lives of gay black men in a city [...]

08 29, 2017

Comic Adam Sank Won’t Do HIV Jokes. OK, Maybe One.

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:32+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Adam Sank (photo: Michael Martin) Comedian Adam Sank has a joke about HIV that left me gasping when he told it to me, the kind of story that has a punchline that mortifies you with shock and a naughty, guilty delight. I would tell you this joke right away but you might get [...]

08 22, 2017

Y’all Look! It’s the First Redneck HIV Prevention PSA!

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:33+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The good people at Thrive Alabama has been working their butts off for years, covering twelve counties in northern Alabama with five free clinics and vans that travel country roads you would never find on your GPS just to fetch clients for appointments and get them home again. But don’t ever say that the hardworking [...]

08 17, 2017

My Best Advice for Those Who Test HIV Positive

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:33+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

This is a clever social media campaign: Healthline, an online health community, has asked people who have been living with HIV to create videos for those who have recently tested positive, known as "You've Got This." Think of it as "It Gets Better" for those with HIV. Of course, I had to create a video [...]

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