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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"The fact that mainstream medical science was completely unprepared for the AIDS epidemic meant that the afflicted had to resort to their own means to survive. Meaning, outside of standard medical science."
"When I say my diagnosis late last year was the greatest anticlimax of my life, it's mainly due to all those calories expended on the 'but I don't have AIDS' shtick I had to do in my youth."
"What if I got infected years and years, if not decades, ago? What if it had just been hiding out in my body since then, undetected? What if I unknowingly infected others?"
"On the one hand, I view Donald Sterling as a poster child for "forced retirement"; on the other, I feel we need to designate an island of exile for these last vestiges of the worst of the 20th Century. "
I think the initial thrill for me of being gay, way way way way back when, was knowing it was socially deviant, a faux-pas. After all, nothing's hotter than being naughty.
It is the folly of the young to think their own generation was the first to come up with something, but I'd like to argue that 80s kids were the first Americans to receive "meditation training" in grade school. My first exposure to "public school me...
"That's where I'm at right now, people: completely wowed by those of us who can wear their status on their sleeves, for the greater good. I long for that, even though currently coming out of that closet terrifies me."
"That's what HIV is: a new club, a subculture with its own memes. And perhaps something that scares me more than I care to think about: a brand new closet to come out of."
Let's just get the most basic one out of the way: DO NOT conflate 'HIV' and 'AIDS' terminology.