Blogger and HIV advocate Mark S. King covered all the sights, sounds, and amazing events of AIDS2018 on behalf of MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights. From interviews with sex workers and “kinksters” to the chair of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Mark explored all the ins and outs (wink-wink) of this important week of activism in Amsterdam.
by Mark S King
One of the great joys of my HIV/AIDS writing and video blogging over the years has been capturing the sights, sounds, and incredible people of the International AIDS Society’s (IAS) biannual conference. I’ve spent sleepless nights in hotel rooms everywhere from Vienna to Durban, furiously editing video footage shot during the day and getting it posted each morning.
Such was the case with AIDS2018 in Amsterdam. My co-producer Theo Tsipiras (a welcome addition to my work beginning in Melbourne in 2014) and I produced nine video reports and three Facebook Lives during the week — more content than I have produced at any previous IAS conference. I’m not complaining. I’m far too inspired and humbled by the people featured in these videos to feel anything but gratitude.
I must express my admiration for my sponsor MPACT (Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights). Their entire team has been amazing. They requested that I focus my lens on “sex positive stories about gay and bisexual men,” and you will certainly see that reflected in the videos below. And this coverage would never have reached such a broad audience without my media partners TheBody and Queerty.
Here is the entire AIDS2018 video collection from My Fabulous Disease (the Facebook Live posts can be viewed on the My Fabulous Disease Facebook page).
Out With It: Gay Men from Around the Globe Reflect on Life Back Home
HIV Activists March on Amsterdam
“U=U,” or “undetectable equals untransmittable,” is a new and rousing rallying cry for people with HIV, and the campaign was front and center throughout much of the march as it wound its way through the narrow streets and canals of Amsterdam.
Gay Sex Worker Lyle Muns on the ‘Emancipation’ of People with HIV
A Guided Tour of Club Church, a Gay Sex Venue in Amsterdam
Rodermond’s point of view will either have you applauding his approach or gasping in concerned indignation. He doesn’t shy away from discussing the preferences of his customers and his responsibility as the club manager.
Are There HIV Prevention Advantages to the Leather Fetish Scene?
This Gay Sauna Wants ‘NoMoreC’ in Amsterdam
The “NoMoreC” campaign is sponsored in part by Sauna NZ, a gay bathhouse in Amsterdam established by the same folks behind the gay sex venue Club Church (which is featured in two of my earlier videos), so it seemed only appropriate that I spend some time at Sauna NZ to discuss the campaign with the sauna manager and some of the campaign’s supporters.
David Furnish, Chair of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, on PrEP, U=U, and the Looming Controversy Over AIDS2020
AIDS2018: Final Thoughts and Farewell to Amsterdam
As my jetlag wears off and I return to life back here in the States, I feel nothing but gratitude for this opportunity, and a deep humility for my privileged place in the global community of those living with HIV. Thank you for following this coverage, and for your supportive comments and virtual hugs.
And as always my friends, please be well.