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Ben B.

A House in Virginia

Strength Personified
March 4, 2014

My first week or two after diagnosis was, as stated prior, during "the Polar Vortex." Generally, I hibernate in winter. Negative-number temps brings this hibernation up to an art form.

Add recent medical news, and the only thing I was good for was arguing the case of Ass v. Sofa Cushion.

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An Initiate at "The Vampire Academy"
March 3, 2014

I will admit that for more than a dozen years now, I've found HIV utterly fascinating.

I have to be very careful here with my point in this post because I don't want to offend. I have always had a dark, shadowy, quasi-romantic view of those with HIV. Like. Dracula. Or The X-Men. They're mysterious ... and social outcasts.

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New Rules: HIV Social Etiquette
February 25, 2014

A few years ago, I did some work volunteering for a project detailing the history of LGBT America. We had some fairly intense training sessions prior to launch, to make sure all volunteers were on the same page, especially where "sensitivity" and "political correctness" were concerned.

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Why So Anonymous?
February 20, 2014

And yet: I'm fine. Better than fine, I'm thriving. Energy returning, shopping for gyms, et cetera. The life I knew, the gay culture I knew, the values I was instilled with... those are all dated and therefore pointless. The worldview I HAD is dead.

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Your Microbiota
February 14, 2014

I have had many thoughts lately about this recent turn of events, but I learned something yesterday that might change my life going forward:

More than half of your body's lymphocytes ("T cells") exist in your gut. Meaning your body realizes this avenue is a main entry point for most foreign microbes and the like, and provides that route with the necessary "security" for nutrients and good bacteria while hopefully keeping out the bad.

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The News
February 7, 2014

Well, I had to. Anyone in their 30s had their childhood/adolescence saturated by HIV/AIDS. Why? I blame Reagan and his "Khristian Konservative Koalition."

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Mogwai Rule No. 1: On Nutrition After a New HIV Diagnosis
February 6, 2014

One of the common themes when I began perusing the wealth of material in online forums was this: After medication, nutrition is THE major adjustment thrust upon the recently-diagnosed.

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I'm Dying and You Want Me to Get a Hug from a Bunch of F**gots? On Dallas Buyers Club
February 3, 2014

A couple of disclaimers:

  • At no point in my life have I had any exposure to Jared Leto. Every girl I grew up with (I should say: women now in their late 20s to early 40s) was obsessed with him. Prior to seeing Dallas Buyers Club I was neither pro- nor anti-Jared Leto and I have never watched My So-Called Life except for this little clip I added as a vintage example.

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A House in Virginia

Ben B.

Ben B.

Ben is an old soul from the American heartland. Indoctrinated as a child on AIDS education throughout the 80s/90s, he's fascinated by the sociological and psychological outcomes that resulted from that exposure, for all of us. Especially as new medicines and new generations rise to the challenge, relegating this once-fatal disease into "merely" a serious condition.

A recent diagnosis paired with this ancient education means internal conflict. Ben thrives on examining the layers of HIV-- where society, relationships and even the law are concerned.

Besides that, Ben's innate intellectual curiosity steers him toward diverse things such as immunity and diet, body politics, and "HIV subculture.

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