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11 22, 2022

Once, When We Were Heroes

By |2022-11-22T07:26:19-05:00November 22nd, 2022|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Richard King and Emil Matzner, 1982 (I will never explain the early days of AIDS better then this, so I post this essay to commemorate World AIDS Day every year.) My brother Richard smiles a lot. He has an easy laugh. But there was a time, years ago, when he held a poisonous [...]

10 12, 2022

Five Takeaways from the 2022 U.S. Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA)

By |2022-10-12T15:44:08-04:00October 12th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Some of the ferocious women of USCHA; Rick Guasco hugs it out with Ace Robinson; Tik Tok personality Brian Thomas; a Puerto Rican performer. After scrapping the in-person USCHA conference for two years due to COVID, and efforts to locate the event in San Juan, Puerto Rico being threatened by two hurricanes – [...]

08 31, 2022

The Thing about Being Naked with Damon Jacobs

By |2022-08-31T10:30:16-04:00August 31st, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, Monkeypox, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Mark S. King and Damon L. Jacobs Damon Jacobs is moving around his hotel room, setting up a tripod and attaching his camera, all the while chatting away enthusiastically about nothing in particular. His sunny attitude is disarming given the circumstances, and maybe that’s the point, because I’m standing butt naked a few [...]

08 29, 2022

What is Driving the Latest Monkeypox Messaging Battle?

By |2022-08-29T07:43:38-04:00August 29th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Monkeypox, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The first AIDS joke I ever heard in the early 1980s, back when the threat seemed remote and I was young and insensitive enough to laugh at misfortune, was about who got AIDS. At the time, it was a disease that primarily affected gay men, intravenous drug users, and Haitians. The hardest thing about having [...]

08 13, 2022

Georgia’s DeKalb County Does Monkeypox Vax Exactly Right

By |2022-08-13T11:38:02-04:00August 13th, 2022|Gay Life, Monkeypox, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

DeKalb County HIV/STD Prevention Specialist Noreen Mirza The big picture view of monkeypox in this country has been fraught with heated debate, acrimony, homophobia, and anxious uncertainty about vaccine strategy and distribution. And that's just on social media. What a breath of fresh air, then, to witness a ground-level view of public health [...]

08 11, 2022

CDC’s Daskalakis on Monkeypox, Stigma, and being ‘the Gay in the Room’

By |2022-08-11T20:23:27-04:00August 11th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Dr. Demetre Daskalakis (2019 photo by Benjamin Ryan) Dr. Demetre Daskalakis has had a swift, visible ascent at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which snatched him away from a successful tenure at New York City's Department of Health after he created the progressive "HIV Status Neutral" program. His very direct, [...]

08 8, 2022

Two HIV/AIDS Survivors Discuss Life, Death, and Leaving HIV Activism

By |2022-08-08T19:43:52-04:00August 8th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Tez Anderson and Mark S. King (photo: Derrick Mapp) Tez Anderson is a truth-bomb talking poster boy of long-term HIV survival. As one of the founders of the Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survival Syndrome) program, he advocates ferociously for the needs and visibility of aging people living with HIV. Tez and I both [...]

08 3, 2022

Here’s the Complete AIDS2022 Coverage from My Fabulous Disease

By |2022-08-03T11:50:12-04:00August 3rd, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Clockwise from top left: Attendees at "For F#cks Sake;" with survivor Tez Anderson; a massage in the 'Positive Lounge;' a reveler at 'No Pants No Problem;' the monkeypox protest; with activist Jade Elektra. If you know anything about me, it’s that I’m not a clinician or researcher. I leave those stories to people [...]

08 1, 2022

WATCH: Monkeypox Activists Disrupt AIDS2022 with Rageful Protest

By |2022-08-01T16:45:10-04:00August 1st, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

There was something more than the typical passion on display when activists stormed the plenary stage at AIDS2022 today to protest the slow monkeypox response by United States public health officials. The cries of the diverse crowd of protestors were urgent and inflammatory. Their demands felt deeply personal. During a plenary session on monkeypox epidemiology [...]

07 31, 2022

The AIDS2022 ‘No Pants No Problem’ Party Lived Up to its Name

By |2022-08-01T08:48:23-04:00July 31st, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

When Jessica Whitbread was twenty years old, her physician told her after her HIV diagnosis that she had maybe twenty years to live. She responded to the news by getting involved with a number of HIV-related causes, including the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW).  Before long, Jessica realized there simply weren’t spaces [...]

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