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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 [...]

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 27, 2017

The World AIDS Day Anthem We Really Need Has Just Arrived

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:24+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

The cast of Merce, the web series. Most people would walk away if the future seemed unclear and shut you out because they’re afraid. But I’m not. I’m right here. That’s what my love is for. My love will be your cure. -- “Your Cure,” an original song from season two of Merce [...]

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 [...]

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 9, 2017

Watch: USCA Plenary Halted by Trans Activists

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:31+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Activist Carmarion Anderson, NMAC director Paul Kawata, and activists Octavia Lewis, Bre Campbell, and Francesca Schumann. The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), celebrating thirty years of teaching practical skills to HIV service providers, found itself the target of old-school activism on Friday when transgender activists stopped the plenary program to voice their [...]

09 5, 2017

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

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:31+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 in Baltimore September 7-14, isn’t content with merely showing you the lives of gay black men in a city plagued with high rates of HIV infection. Instead, this [...]

08 5, 2017

After Uproar, UnitedHealthCare Reverses Truvada Prescription Policy

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:34+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

When it was revealed a few days ago that insurer UnitedHealthCare (UHC) had rejected a patient’s pre-authorization claim for the drug Truvada as PrEP due to “high risk homosexual behavior,” all hell broke loose. Advocates and organizations sprang into action with petitions and requests for meetings. And now, the insurer has reversed themselves -- and [...]

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