Click to skip to site content

COMPULSIVE PRACTICE: Mark S. King

“As HIV+ people, we are symbols of something larger, our very presence is a statement, especially in these days of increasing HIV stigma. We made HIV more than just some nebulous concept. Our presence said ‘This is HIV,’ it looks like me. I am not a label. I am a person. My accomplishment was really simply about being open about HIV and speaking out about it, and I am certainly not the only one doing it.” 
– Mark S. King, in Gay Parade Tips from a Poz Grand Marshal, 2013

Mark S. King has written about living with HIV since testing positive when the test became publicly available in 1985. His blog, My Fabulous Disease, chronicles his life as an HIV positive gay man in recovery from addiction. He is also the author of A Place Like This, his memoir of life in Los Angeles during the dawn of the AIDS epidemic.

Mark King, My Fabulous Disease Intro, 2011
Mark King, Gay Parade Tips from a Poz Grand Marshal, 2013
Mark King, When My T-cells are Old and Gray, 2010
Mark King, The ‘My Fabulous Disease’ Holiday Spectacular!, 2011


COMPULSIVE PRACTICE is a video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS.

Featuring Juanita Mohammed, Ray Navarro (1964–1990), Nelson Sullivan (1948–1989), the Southern AIDS Living Quilt, James Wentzy, Carol Leigh aka Scarlot Harlot, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mark S. King, and Justin B. Terry-Smith.

Curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz, and Hugh Ryan for Visual AIDS.