HIV Speaker, Mark S. King

Moderating a screening of The Normal Heart, with activists Sean Strub, Peter Staley, and Larry Kramer

It’s my privilege and honor to be invited by organizations, universities, public health agencies, and international advocacy groups for events that range from intimate workshops to conference plenaries. And I’ll be honest: speaking in front of an audience is one of my favorite things. Drawing out honest views or candid questions from audience members, well, that’s even better.

My speaking engagements typically focus on one or more of these topic areas:

  • The history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic as experienced by a long-term survivor
  • Current hot button issues such as HIV stigma, PrEP, and U=U
  • Addiction and recovery and its intersections with HIV
  • Issues relevant to gay men such as HIV stigma, chemsex, and sexual politics
  • Storytelling, social media, and media relations

To discuss your upcoming event and how I might help you, please contact me using the form below.

The format and structure of presentations are crafted for each event. For instance, my “HIV Time Machine” presentation is an interactive timeline of the HIV epidemic, told through photos and videos of my personal story. The content and approach changes based on the education and life experience of the room.

I also like to add as much value as possible during my time with you. When I was invited to deliver a keynote address in Minneapolis, for instance, we also scheduled a workshop at the conference, a meeting with staff, and an event just for their clients living with HIV. I will happily sit with a support group of five people. I always learn something new.

Budgets can vary considerably, and I understand that. Let’s see what works best for you and your event.

Here are examples of a few recent speaking engagements, with feedback from my colleagues:

AIDS2018 Satellite Pre-Conference, Amsterdam

Moderator of “Home in the Clouds” Plenary

“Mark deftly connected the need to support grassroots advocates’ use of new media and evaluation strategies to strengthen home-grown solutions to health and rights challenges facing gay and bisexual men worldwide. Mark wisely drew from his experience to navigate audience questions and generously made himself available to speak with his young activist followers. Mark’s session was a highlight at the International AIDS Conference that year!”
— George Ayala, Executive Director
MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights

HIV Speaker, Mark S. King
HIV Speaker, Mark S. King

“The Gay 80’s” Course at American University, Washington DC

Speaker, “The HIV Time Machine” Presentation on HIV/AIDS History

“Although my students learn about LGBTQ life in the 1980s through course materials, the don’t fully grasp the personal and emotional aspect of living with HIV/AIDS until they meet Mark S. King.  His presentation is funny, poignant, informative and absolutely captivating — a powerful story that resonates with them long after the evening is over.”
Bob Connelly, Adjunct Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
American University, Washington, DC

HIV Endgame Conference, Toronto, ONT

Plenary Speaker, “Men and Meth: A Conversation with Dr. David Fawcett and Mark S. King”

“Mark provided a thoughtful and engaging look at the personal, social and historical factors that underlie the growth of crystal meth use among gay and bi men. Mark’s reflections deeply resonated with me personally and generated a lively conversation about the role of crystal meth in our community in Toronto.”
— Jack Mohr, Senior Lead, Policy and System Initiatives
Ontario HIV Treatment Network

HIV Speaker, Mark S. King

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The Positive Effect: An Online Conference Against HIV Stigma

Co-presenter, “HIV, Sex, and Dating” with Jade Elektra

“He came through like lightning! Working with Mark S. King was a joy. His disposition to participate, help others and learn was only matched by his online speaking; incisive, funny, and frank. Our audience texted us, twittered, and had lots to say about HIV stigma because they heard Mark say profound things in plain terms. Once you hear Mark S. King speak, you will never forget it.”
— Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco PhD
Co-Director, Universities Without Walls

The 2018 United States Conference on AIDS, Washington DC

Co-facilitator of “Are We Shaming Those Who Are Detectable?” Session with Charles Stephens

“Mark King is an incredible thought leader. He brings passion and vision to his work. His voice and insights are so necessarily, especially in our current moment.” 
Charles Stephens, Founder
The Counter Narrative Project

HIV Speaker, Mark S. King
HIV Speaker, Mark S. King

JustUS Health Opportunity Conference, Minneapolis, MN

Keynote Address, “Life, Death, and Joy: My 35 Years Living with HIV”

“Mark’s story and lived experiences connected with our conference participants in a way that few speakers ever could. Months after our conference, we continued to hear amazing feedback about our decision to feature Mark at our annual Opportunity Conference.”
Paul Skrbec, Public Relations & Marketing Communications Manager
JustUs Health