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Justin B. Terry-Smith

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Justin's 10-Year Anniversary of Living With HIV (Video)
June 21, 2016


It has been 10 years since I was diagnosed with HIV. I've changed HIV medications twice, and my body seems to like the latest one far better than the other two regimens I was on. I seem to have dealt rather well with things that have come along with being infected with HIV. Physically I didn't expect to get Rosacea, but I'm keeping it under control by trying to avoid things that I really like to eat and drink. I did break out in hives on my arms one time, and it was intolerable to the point where I was screaming in pain, but that went away when I took an anti-inflammatory.

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Get Smart: Social Media Campaign Seeks to Change How We Look at HIV
February 29, 2016


I first heard about the HIV Smart campaign on Facebook and was curious about what it means. Social media has become a huge part of HIV campaigns, but this campaign is the first of its kind that I've seen since PrEP.

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Man on PrEP Is Infected With HIV
February 26, 2016


For the first time, scientists have now seen a case of an individual contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while being compliant with taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) daily. The patient was allegedly infected with a multidrug-resistant strain of HIV. In other words, the strain of HIV acquired by the person who was taking PrEP is resistant to many levels of HIV medications.

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Family Ties: We Adopt Our Second Son and Our Other Son Moves Out
January 27, 2016

Being HIV positive, I never would have thought I would have any children at all.

My husband, Phil, and I adopted our second son, Tavis, when he was 17. I couldn't mention the adoption before because of legalities. But he is ours, now.

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Oh the Places You'll Go: My DrPH Residency in Puerto Rico
December 23, 2015

My husband and I took this opportunity to leave the kids at home and have some much needed vacation time. Honestly when I was diagnosed with HIV I didn't expect to live this long or be in school for a doctoral degree and I have one more year left. My husband has really been my rock and inspiration.

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The FDA Kinda Sorta Lifts Its Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men
December 22, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted its ban on blood donations from gay men. The ban has been in place for 32 years.

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Charlie Sheen's Disclosure Confirms HIV Isn't Just a Black and Gay Issue (Video)
November 17, 2015


Charlie Sheen announced he is HIV positive. During the interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today show, saying that he wanted to put a stop "to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks."

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Attacked on Grindr and Slut Shaming
February 24, 2015


I got a notification on my phone from my Grindr application so I click on it to check the message. This guy immediately started with, "Really Justin?" I then didn't understand what he was referring to, so I replied, "Really what?" He then went on to say that he was disappointed in me for having my HIV status at the bottom of my Grindr profile and that I was once his hero and etc. I just couldn't believe this. All I could do was block the immaturity out and off my phone.

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Joan Rivers: HIV Activist and Comedy Roast Videos
September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers died on September 4, 2014, at the age of 81. Many of you do not know that Joan Rivers wasn't just a comedian, but she was an HIV/AIDS activist.  She would distribute food to HIV/AIDS patients in the NYC area for a non-profit called God's Love We Deliver. When Rivers won The Celebrity Apprentice in 2009, her prize money bought 56,000 meals, since then it's grown to other cities such as Detroit, Chicago and San Francisco.

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Open That Closet Door Fashion Show 2014
September 4, 2014

On August 16, 2014, NovaSalud Inc. put on a beautiful fashion show at the O street Mansion in northwest D.C. Clothing designed by Juan Jose Saenz-Ferreyros Peruvian Fashion Designer and Owner of Ferreyros Couture Company Photography by Chris Zarconi Photography and Jose Dimas C M. All models have been affected in some shape or form by HIV/AIDS. The fashion show was meant to fight against the stigma of HIV. I participated in the fashion show and mini-doc and I really appreciate all that NovaSalud does and continues to do in the community. Fellow HIV/AIDS activist Rod McCoy and Patrick Ingram were models as well. I hope to work with NovaSalud again.

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Justin B. Terry-Smith

Justin B. Terry-Smith

Justin B. Terry-Smith, M.P.H., may be one of the most public African Americans living with HIV: He has his own website, and he's even on YouTube. He is a noted HIV and gay civil rights activist and the creator of "Justin's HIV Journal," a popular blog in which he shares his trials and tribulations of living with HIV. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Justin resides in Laurel, Maryland, with his husband, Dr. Philip Terry-Smith, and their son, Lundyn. Presently, Justin is working toward earning his doctorate in public health. He welcomes your questions.
(Photo credit: Don Harris)


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