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07 30, 2022

Who needs a ‘Positive Lounge’ at AIDS2022, anyway?

By |2022-08-01T08:49:09-04:00July 30th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The Positive Lounge, for people living with HIV, at AIDS2022 in Montreal The server is dressed in a black bolero jacket, the kind of thing waiters in a fine restaurant might wear, and he is carrying a tray of juices to restock the food table. Clearly, he is conscientious about his work, because [...]

07 27, 2022

A snapshot of The Gays descending on AIDS2022 in Montreal

By |2022-07-27T22:55:32-04:00July 27th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Mark S. King, Brady Dale Etzkorn-Morris, Randy Davis and Linus Ignatius The poutine covering the fries in Brady’s bowl is suspicious. “It’s cheese curd,” Randy offers, and as the lone Canadian among us we figure he should know, but his explanation isn’t reassuring. The four of us, white gay men all, pick through [...]

07 26, 2022

Can Gay Men Dial Back on Sex Until Our Monkeypox Vaccinations?

By |2022-08-03T13:22:55-04:00July 26th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Years from now, there will be gay men who made it through a case of monkeypox who will have the scars up and down the shaft of their penis to prove it. Let me repeat that. Scars. On their cock. For the rest of their lives. I don’t think there’s a derma-peel that will take [...]

07 19, 2022

Monkeypox is a gay thing. We must say it.

By |2022-08-03T13:23:20-04:00July 19th, 2022|Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The mainstream media and public health officials are being so damn careful not to label monkeypox “a gay disease” that they’re doing a disservice to the gay men who most need important information about the outbreak – while misleading everybody else. In a July 18th New York Times story of the excruciating symptoms and lack [...]

07 14, 2022

Monkeypox brings up trauma for older gay men. Here’s why.

By |2022-07-14T09:03:11-04:00July 14th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The World Health Organization has announced that it will convene a second emergency meeting next week to decide if monkeypox poses a global health threat. Case numbers just passed 10,000 globally. That figure is more than twice the number it was 10 days ago. Most cases continue to be found in “men who have sex [...]

07 11, 2022

Brian Thomas loved his Florida trip. Then the monkeypox blisters appeared.

By |2022-07-11T19:09:43-04:00July 11th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Brian Thomas during his recent Fort Lauderdale vacation. The photo on Brian Thomas’ Instagram page was a typically sunny one for the social media personality, who has built a rising presence as a sex-positive gay nurse living with HIV. “Farewell Wilton Manors!” it read, alongside a photo of him grinning shirtless among the [...]

05 31, 2022

Meet the Gay Men Behind POZ Magazine’s “Meth Still Kills” Feature Story

By |2022-06-08T17:53:18-04:00May 31st, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

No sooner had POZ Magazine editor Oriol Gutierrez accepted my pitch to do a feature story about meth, gay men and HIV than a stunning Facebook post came across my feed. Someone I knew, Mark Wingo, had died of a meth overdose, and his roommate, Chuck Parker, posted the news and plainly said that meth [...]

05 5, 2022

Queer the Media: A Chat with the GLAAD Award ‘Outstanding Blog’ Nominees

By |2022-05-05T10:54:09-04:00May 5th, 2022|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Among the glittering nominees of Hollywood films, television and music honored at the annual GLAAD Awards, one category celebrates grassroots queer media like no other. The “Outstanding Blog” award honors ongoing blogs, typically written and curated by a single person, that exemplifies GLAAD’s mission to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community and fight defamatory media [...]

04 11, 2022

Join a Free Webinar on Social Isolation among Long-Term Survivors

By |2022-04-11T11:07:29-04:00April 11th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Mark S. King, Gina Marie Brown, Arianna Lint, and David Fawcett are the panelists for an upcoming webinar on social isolation among long-term HIV/AIDS survivors. There is a moment in a 1982 NBC News television report about the emerging plague that still stops me in my tracks. Keep in mind, the culprit for [...]

03 15, 2022

My HIV Positive Test was 37 Years Ago Today. This is What I Know Is True. 

By |2022-03-15T08:56:59-04:00March 15th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

In the early 1980s, I was a gay man living in West Hollywood, California, and the AIDS crisis was barely on the horizon.  I remember hearing about people dying, maybe a friend of a friend, and thinking to myself, “oh, I think it must happen to really sleazy people. But not to us, the good [...]

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