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B. Osten

I've been living with HIV for 26 years. I volunteer at various AIDS organizations in my community in the day. At night I like to spend my time at the observatory. I couldn't tell you the names of all the planets offhand, or what a black hole is for sure. But, there isn't a day that goes by I haven't looked up at the night sky and thanked my lucky stars I'm still alive to enjoy it.

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Fifty Shades of Gray (Matter): A Blog Entry by B. Osten Img
Personal Stories

Fifty Shades of Gray (Matter): A Blog Entry by B. Osten

"I became a victim of a hate crime. Because I am GAY. I have to admit, I had many brushes in life, but none as close to death as this."

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Bringing a Third Person Into the Relationship: A Blog Entry by B. Osten

For the last four months my partner and myself have been in couples counseling with a therapist. This experience is giving us an insight into why we do what we do to basically piss each other off. Reflecting back to those moments of discord, we reali...

Body Image and the Physical Side Effects of Being HIV+: A Blog Entry by B. Osten Img
Personal Stories

Body Image and the Physical Side Effects of Being HIV+: A Blog Entry by B. Osten

"While dancing with my partner at this year's West Hollywood Gay Pride, someone behind us, speaking in a loud enough voice for us to hear, commented on our (slight, but evident) buffalo humps. ... Knowing that they themselves were probably HIV positi...

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Coping

Forget-Me-Not: A Blog Entry by B. Osten

"I have to admit, throughout my life I had more than my fair share of bad memories, and five years ago I would have gladly given them up to dementia. Today, I realize to lose even one of them would be losing a part of me."

HIV+: The Common Denominator: A Blog Entry by B. Osten Img
Coping

HIV+: The Common Denominator: A Blog Entry by B. Osten

"In one breath I told him I was HIV+, in recovery from meth addiction, on SSI disability and receiving Section 8 assistance. … The music stopped and the lights came on. I felt exposed. He tenderly took my hand into his and whispered into my ear that ...

The Day I Was Diagnosed With HIV: A Blog Entry by B. Osten Img

The Day I Was Diagnosed With HIV: A Blog Entry by B. Osten

"Like many of my generation, the answer to HIV and AIDS was 'Don't ask. Don't tell.' I never thought the reality of it would hit so close to home. ... Reflecting back, the telltale signs of the disease were in plain sight. I guess I just refused to s...

The Only Thing "Positive" in My Life Was My HIV Status: A Blog Entry by B. Osten Img
Personal Stories

The Only Thing "Positive" in My Life Was My HIV Status: A Blog Entry by B. Osten

"I lived a miserable existence in deplorable, toxic and oppressive conditions. ... I believe life is full of crossroads. Some you take and others you avoid. I've traveled many, except one in particular: the straight and narrow. It was time I did."...