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Panel Discussion on HIV in the News and Meeting Jeanne White-Ginder (Ryan White's Mother)
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
June 30, 2017

I was invited to speak on a panel called, "HIV in the News" by Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers for their End AIDS: The HIV Prevention and Outreach Summit during AIDS Education Month. I found that it was very informative because there were different prospectives on the panel. Cherri Gregg who is a reporter for KYW Newsradio and Christopher "Flood The Drummer" Norris CEO of Techbook Online were also on the panel, and from Philadelphia FIGHT the moderator was good friend and colleague, Chip Lewis. There were several questions that were fired at the panel. Sensationalism played a big part of the conversation between the panelists. I came from the place of making sure we as people who put news out on HIV put it out for the right reasons. The opinion was very mixed. Also, the story of Charlie Sheen came up and I said it was both good and bad. With Charlie coming out (forcibly) of the HIV closet there was a spike in HIV testing. But then as he became more vocal it became a shit storm, especially with him and his crazy doctor. All in all, I loved the panel and we may have had different opinions on some issues but we all respected each other because we know what an important role we play in the HIV realm.

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How Do I Mobilize Relatives and Friends Who May Not Be Politically Aligned to #KillTheBill?
By Kari Hartel and Barb Cardell
June 29, 2017

In recent days, we have been working to mobilize our family, friends and everyone we know to make calls to their Senators to reject the cruel "health care" bill known in the House as the "American Health Care Act" and in the Senate as the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" -- especially folks in states with Republican Senators who have expressed reservations or concerns about the bill.

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America: A Poem
By Shyronn Jones
June 26, 2017


Land of Opportunity for the Rich
Risk of Opportunistic Infections
for the poor, living with HIV

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Finally! The Sexy Gay PrEP Video We've Been Waiting For.
By Mark S. King
June 20, 2017

"PrEP is a prevention strategy that deals with sex, namely bareback sex," says gay film student Chris Tipton-King, "and I got tired of people tip-toeing around that fact." The young Bay Area resident had never seen a PrEP video that didn't somehow sanitize sex or the desires of gay men. "Everything I had seen about PrEP just felt ... awkward."

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Those Offended by #NoJusticeNoPride Should Learn LGBT History
By Mark S. King
June 13, 2017

When #NoJusticeNoPride blocked the D.C. Pride parade route on June 10, causing an hour delay to an already epic three-hour parade, you could hear the ice cubes impatiently rattling in Bloody Mary glasses for blocks. Revelers at three locations on the route were forced to contend with (mostly black and latinx) protesters, women and trans folks among them, shouting chants about how D.C. Pride was beholden to corporations and institutions and a police state that do not have their welfare in mind.

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What One Day Can Do!
By Maria T. Mejia
June 8, 2017

Undetectable! All organs and blood panel are perfect! So yeah! It was temporary insanity and stress that I brought on myself and external situations that are eating them! The medicine works but it is up to me to control my stress and rage for so many problems we have in the U.S. government, in the world and real-life everyday problems!

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12 Years Infected With HIV; HIV Medications Complera vs. Odefsey
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
June 5, 2017

We are now empty nesters. Good luck to both of my sons Lundyn and Tavis. They are in separate cities adulting. They are both good boys and now I can say, young men. A part of becoming a parent is learning how to let go. I've had to learn that, even though it was a hard thing to do, I had to. Being a Dad means everything in the world to me not only because I've helped raise two awesome individuals but because I'm letting them go out into the world to be awesome individuals. After they moved out my hubby and I moved into a bigger house.

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The True Love Story Behind Larry Kramer's Novel Faggots
By Mark S. King
June 2, 2017

The new POZ Magazine feature article, "Finding Larry Kramer," tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the iconic activist found his way back to GMHC nearly thirty years after the organization kicked him out for being such a pain in the ass. It is an intimate look at an American hero and lion in winter.

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Justin at the END AIDS: The HIV Prevention and Outreach Summit in Philadelphia
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
June 1, 2017

June is AIDS Education Month and I have some great news. Philadelphia FIGHT, an AIDS service organization, has asked me to join a panel for Philadelphia's AIDS Education Month Summit on Jun. 7 in the morning at the PA Convention Center. The panel discussion will be around the subject matter of HIV in the media/news. Right now, this is a hot topic and I will explain using parts of the email that was sent to me by Philadelphia FIGHT.

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Justin Goes Zip Lining, Parasailing, Encounters Dolphins and Snubaing in Labadee Haiti, Cozumel and Costa Maya Mexico
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
May 30, 2017

Sometimes it is just good to let your hair down. Being HIV positive doesn't mean you have to stay at home but it might mean you need to get out of bed and enjoy life. There were many times, I felt depressed when I was first diagnosed. Life is a celebration and I say live it to its fullest.

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