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Actor Mark Patton: Living with HIV Is About ‘More Than Taking Medication’

‘Nightmare On Elm Street 2’ Star Mark Patton Opens Up About Surviving The Real-Life Horrors That Inspired His New Documentary ‘Scream, Queen,’ How Sharing Stories Can Help Us Heal, And Why We Need To Rethink Our Approach To HIV Care.

Mark Patton may be best known for his role as Jesse Walsh in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge,” but to many fans he’s much more than the face of a character who once fought Freddy Krueger on the big screen. He’s also a hero who’s faced down horrors of a different kind in the real world.

Sexual Assault

Legal Eagles: How LGBTQ Victims Can Seek Justice Through Civil Litigation

People who identify as LGBTQ are statistically more likely to experience sexual assault. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 percent of gay men have experienced sexual violence, as opposed to 21 percent of heterosexual men.