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My Fabulous Disease

My Fabulous Disease

by Mark S. King

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Second Chance at Death

We all know how this ends.

Despite the avalanche of articles on aging with HIV or advice about how to avoid long-term side effects or even news of progress toward a cure, nothing will change the inevitable. None of us will get out of this alive.

Last December I attended the most moving, transcendent World AIDS Day program I’ve witnessed in years. That’s not saying much, of course. These evenings are usually well-meaning but maudlin, featuring tearful eulogies while we hold up candles that drip on our fingers and we revisit personal losses that I put to rest a longtime ago. Okay, clearly, I have issues with grief.

Throughout the earliest years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, I deeply admired the fierce intellect of the late Martin Delaney, the researcher and advocate who, among many other historic accomplishments, founded Project Inform, the HIV treatment advocacy group with intimate ties to the community.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Examining Death

Including the one I caused

Chris Glaser, author of The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me About Life. My memorial service will be fabulous, I can assure you of that. I first outlined it during the initial, deadly wave of AIDS in the 1980s, and have edited it here and there over the years, updating the songs I would like played or the video footage shown.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Fighting Trump

HIV advocates to watch in 2017

Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled congress are a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last 30 years, and that includes access to health care, HIV prevention programs such as PrEP, and the dignity with which we treat those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection.

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