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03 31, 2020

Nursing Student Faces COVID-19 at Work and Fears at Home

By |2020-04-01T21:24:40-04:00March 31st, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

There are trials by fire, and then there are trials by wildfire. Nursing student Brian Thomas never imagined his on-the-job education would transform into fighting on the very front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, or that he would be forced to take extreme safety precautions each time he arrived home from his internship at a [...]

03 20, 2020

The Very Best of Humanity is Coming. So is the Worst.

By |2020-03-20T14:12:21-04:00March 20th, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

The flyer was in my mailbox, folded and placed by an unknown neighbor. “NEED CORONAVIRUS HELP?” it read, explaining a local “Self-Quarantine Response Team” was here to support those “with compromised immune systems, those in quarantine – or even those who must work or have kids or feel isolated due to social distancing. Please retain [...]

03 14, 2020

Stop Comparing Coronavirus to Early HIV/AIDS. Just Stop.

By |2020-03-14T16:11:55-04:00March 14th, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Alon Reininger Contact Press Images People ask me if our lives today feel like the early years of HIV/AIDS, and I want to scream.  There is no comparison. Just stop. No one cared about people dying of AIDS in the early years of the pandemic. The stock market didn’t budge. The President didn’t [...]

02 25, 2020

My ‘Trump Trauma’ is Real. And I am Not Alone.

By |2020-02-25T15:03:07-04:00February 25th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

(This essay appeared in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of POZ Magazine. It plays off the fact that it was written in advance of publication, in late 2019, and how fast-paced the downfall of our democracy news cycle can be. One thing is certain: my Trump Trauma remains, and I intend to do something about it [...]

02 7, 2020

NMAC Changes Conference Name from ‘AIDS’ to ‘HIV.’ So What?

By |2020-02-07T16:16:24-04:00February 7th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

First things first. I don’t believe the national HIV agency, NMAC, acted thoughtlessly toward people living with AIDS – only one of the accusations leveled against them -- when NMAC decided to change the name of their annual conference from “the United States Conference on AIDS” to “the United States Conference on HIV.” The announcement [...]

01 28, 2020

The Uproarious Launch of ‘Merce 2’ in Photos

By |2020-01-28T12:21:56-04:00January 28th, 2020|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Tyne Firmin and Charles Sanchez (Photo: Mark S. King) Something struck me, maybe halfway through the uproarious screening of the new, second season of the musical comedy web series, Merce. I surveyed the packed room at the LGBT Center in New York City, the audience laughing, clapping, cheering on the characters and growing [...]

01 13, 2020

The HIV ‘Bug Chaser’ Who Changed His Mind

By |2020-01-13T15:29:09-04:00January 13th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The gay men online who get off on seeking HIV infection (“bug chasers”) aren’t exactly known for their thoughtful introspection. After all, they are eroticizing something that works exactly once -- and has life-long consequences. So, a tweet posted a few weeks ago from a self-titled bug chaser stunned me with its honestly and vulnerability. [...]

01 2, 2020

The Fabulously Bonkers HIV Musical ‘Merce’ is Returning. Brace Yourselves.

By |2020-01-02T10:49:02-04:00January 2nd, 2020|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Charles Sanchez has audacity, you have to give him that. Not only did he create a web series, Merce, drawn from his own life as a gay New Yorker living with HIV, he made it a musical comedy, people. With original music and a cast of lively singers and dancers. Oh, and then he stuffed [...]

12 17, 2019

Today is ‘International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers’

By |2019-12-17T12:57:17-04:00December 17th, 2019|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Mark S. King (center) during a protest at the IAC in Durban, South Africa in 2016. Today is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. A great way to show support is to encourage members of Congress to co-sponsor and support the Safe Sex Workers Study Act, introduced by Reps. Ro Khanna [...]

12 13, 2019

The Italians Honored World AIDS Day with Heart, Music, and Activism

By |2019-12-13T17:08:19-04:00December 13th, 2019|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

With KOMOS, the LGBTQ choir of Bologna, Italy, as I bear witness to the HIV epidemic during their World AIDS Day event on November 30th, 2019. What a distinct pleasure to be in the company of spirited Italians for the week of World AIDS Day in early December. I was honored to be [...]

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