Living with HIV

Five Things About HIV (They’re Not Telling You)

published: January, 20, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King is no stranger to blogging. In fact this is his 100th post over on his own well known website My Fabulous Disease. PositiveLite extends a huge and warm welcome to Florida-based Mark . .

Five Things About HIV (They’re Not Telling You)

 . . who will be featured regularly on PositiveLite. We will be showcasing some of his newer posts, like today’s, and also some gems – and there are a lot of them - from his back catalogue. Read Mark’s bio here. If you like what you see here, and we have a feeling you will, please head right on over to My Fabulous Disease and enter a world quite like no other. Believe me, you’re in for a treat. Mark is often funny and irreverent, a trait he shares with PositiveLite.com, but he als

Wrapping up my AIDS-y year

published: January, 04, 2011 Categories // Living with HIV

I was back on a float for the parade, which is always an interesting perspective – you get to see the whole crowd, but almost none of the rest of the parade..

Wrapping up my AIDS-y year

It has been forever since I last wrote here, but since the new year is all about wrapping up and moving on, I will indulge myself in a little follow-up to my previous question (How AIDS-y was your pride?), talk about a few items from the past six months and then go on to pretend I haven't been silent this long. Works for me. My pride was particularly AIDS-y this year. A couple of the Montréal organizations teamed up to present a unified theme with various incarnations, including a POZ Army r

WHEN everyday is WORLD AIDS DAY for you

published: November, 30, 2010 Categories // Living with HIV

For those of us for whom everyday is WORLD AIDS DAY, don't we take the day off ?

For those of us for whom everyday is WORLD AIDS DAY, don't we take the day off ?Here's my proposed agenda for that day9:30-10 AM -Awake at leisure 10- 12 - Have a lovely breakfast of fresh squeezed orange juice ( champagne optional ), fresh warm croissants, scrambled eggs and other delicacies to your liking while reading the latest issue of Vogue magazine (or other equally vacuous reading material. Follow this with a body scrub : 1 cup sea salt. 1/2 cup seame or olive oil, 10-15 drops of you f

One Hour And Counting: HIV criminalization & controversy

published: November, 18, 2010 Categories // Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

My Positivelite.com editor Brian Finch tipped me off that there was interest from 3rd parties in reproducing a previous blog post of mine entitled ‘Are We All Criminals’

My Positivelite.com editor Brian Finch tipped me off that there was interest from 3rd parties in reproducing a previous blog post of mine entitled ‘Are We All Criminals’ about my experiences with HIV-criminalization and disclosure. Shortly thereafter, I was contacted directly by Matt Mills, an editor of Xtra and a fierce supporter of ending HIV-Criminalization. Matt found the piece ‘courageous’ and valued its potential for creating an honest dialogue around the complexities of HIV-crim

GRATITUDE: People who say they happy to be HIV+ Am I?

published: September, 17, 2010 Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

The subject of gratitude for this edition of my musings on Poz Prevention sparked a lively conversation with regard to those that will state that they are happy that they are HIV+

They are glad that HIV came into their lives.  At first glance you may think there is a typo; but no.  There are those that say that being diagnosed HIV+ changed their lives for the better. My own diagnosis came on the heels of my partners’ diagnosis and also the diagnosis of our children.  To embrace HIV as a positive thing in my life at that time one would think ludicrous. I loathe the fact that my partners and one son succumbed to AIDS.  I abhor the stigma that still

Dad

published: August, 03, 2010 Categories // Living with HIV

Dad and I had a strained relationship. I felt he had failed me as a Father. Financially he was dependable, helping me with University or contributing towards the cost of my little league hockey,

Dad and I had a strained relationship. I felt he had failed me as a Father. Financially he was dependable, helping me with University or contributing towards the cost of my little league hockey, but he was never around. Despite the fact that I played hockey for over 6 years, my Father only ever attended 3 games, one in which he didn't even stay till the end. But you forget those things when you hear your father cry for the first time and he asks for you. You just let go of your anger and you b

Sparse

published: May, 30, 2010 Categories // Living with HIV

Alas, my postings of late have been few and far between, but this situation is about to get worse for the next couple of weeks!

Sparse

Alas, my postings of late have been few and far between, but this situation is about to get worse for the next couple of weeks! I have been all preoccupied with my organisation's annual general meeting for the last couple of weeks. I am glad to be able to report that this multi-day extravaganza is now over, with some very positive moments (if you'll pardon the pun) and I am headed off to spend some time with my family in the interior of British Columbia. I count myself lucky to have a very sup

Waxing Nostalgic

published: June, 24, 2010 Categories // Living with HIV

Being on vacation this last week has been something I apparently needed more than I knew. I know that most people, and I will include myself here, see vacations as indulgent

Being on vacation this last week has been something I apparently needed more than I knew. I know that most people, and I will include myself here, see vacations as indulgent -- and for some, they seem downright unnecessary. Admittedly, I always feel a little guilty jetting off to some exotic locale to do little more than eat, drink, and lie on the beach -- but this time seems to have brought a revelation, albeit an unintended one to say the least. In one sense, it is an incredibly simple obser

The Shackles of HIV Infection...fact or fiction...???

published: August, 06, 2010 Categories // Health, Living with HIV

Of late, I have been struggling (no grappling) with the extent of control I have over my life. As I noted in an earlier post, my of this reflection has been the result of some major changes in my life.

Of late, I have been struggling (no grappling) with the extent of control I have over my life. As I noted in an earlier post, my of this reflection has been the result of some major changes in my life. And, I admit, my default mode has been to look to my HIV status as some means to account for -- if not find solace in -- my feelings of powerlessness. After all, I am no longer twenty-five, I am no longer new to world of employment and I'm certainly not as well-established as I might have expect

Out of the Grey

published: June, 04, 2010 Categories // Art, Living with HIV

Drizzle and Fog. It’s inevitable if you live near the ocean. This is my reality living in St.John’s, Newfoundland.

Drizzle and Fog. It’s inevitable if you live near the ocean. This is my reality living in St.John’s, Newfoundland. When the fog bank rolls in, you can expect it to sit on your head and fill your mind with images that linger in a monochromatic haze. Kind of like the day when I was first diagnosed HIV Positive. The days following that news were heavy and grey. Before long, it became apparent that the forecast had to change on the horizon. Would the sun break through the humdrums? Here and no

Shoreline Excursion

published: June, 10, 2010 Categories // Art, Living with HIV

I wanted to share an image that in painted in 2006

Mixing It Up: A Life Art Lesson

published: June, 22, 2010 Categories // Art, Living with HIV

Some colors you can’t mix. They have to be bought….primary red, yellow and blue. Other secondary colors are created when you mix the primaries in different combinations…

Some colors you can’t mix. They have to be bought….primary red, yellow and blue. Other secondary colors are created when you mix the primaries in different combinations… you get green, orange and purple. Now take a primary and mix it with a secondary and out come beautiful hues of red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, red-violet, blue violet and blue green. Therein lies the mystery of color…you have to start with something to create something new. Life is a mix…we all start

I See Red

published: June, 17, 2010 Categories // Art, Living with HIV

Close your eyes and picture the color RED. Really, try it for one sec. You may have pictured apple red, or cherry red or Coca-Cola red.

Close your eyes and picture the color RED. Really, try it for one sec. You may have pictured apple red, or cherry red or Coca-Cola red. Now, if a room full of people were to do this exercise, the perceptions of red would be endless. Now, another test… think HIV. I know you get where this exercise is going. Individual perceptions about the HIV experience vary like the shades and tints of red. You can be cool magenta in your thoughts, almost complacent, or you can be warm (blood red), seeing t

Have HIV…Will Travel.

published: June, 29, 2010 Categories // Art, Living with HIV

If I had known that working at an AIDS Service Organization would have brought travel and education opportunities...

If I had known that working at an AIDS Service Organization would have brought travel and education opportunities, I would have signed up way before I became Positive. Not sign up for the disease (what would I be thinking!), but definitely get involved in some capacity at an ASO. As a former volunteer and now a front-line worker, I’ve been challenged, stretched, stifled, energized, defeated, stimulated, angry, satisfied, exhausted and rewarded.

A Need to Laugh

published: July, 07, 2010 Categories // Art, Living with HIV

Pure joy is a precious commodity. Happiness, in contrast, is attainable but can be fleeting.

Pure joy is a precious commodity. Happiness, in contrast, is attainable but can be fleeting. I was recently thinking that as I get older, there are fewer opportunities to have a rip roaring good time. I’m capable of diving in if the opportunity arises but opportunities are random and even rare…especially working in the field of HIV prevention, education and support. I recently met Brian, owner of positivelite.com and realized that his interesting wacky way to look at the world (with smar

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