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Justin B. Terry-Smith

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Justin Does iFLY (Indoor Skydiving)
January 5, 2017

For my birthday, my hubby took me to iFLY. It was awesome!!! I did two sessions it was the best ever. I've been skydiving before, this was amazing. The hubby decided once a month we will go for some couple time. 2016 was a crazy year for us. Let us hope 2017 is better. With iFLY and 2017 I plan on soaring to new heights in 2017. Let us be proactive and not reactive. Special thank you to the hubby. Love you and to the staff at iFLY. With HIV I've learned that I will always aim high and always try to fly over adversity.

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Justin's HIV Journal Videos Showcased at the Brooklyn Museum Exhibit
November 29, 2016

GREAT NEWS: Some of the videos from Justin's HIV Journal will be SHOWCASED in the Brooklyn Museum with other HIV activists, including Mark S. King, Carol Leigh, Juanita Mohammed, Luna Luis Ortiz Photography, Southern AIDS Living Quilt, James Wentzy and the late Nelson Sullivan (1948-1989) and Ray Navarro (1964-1990). The exhibit will officially open Dec. 1 (World AIDS Day) but there will be a free showing Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in which I will attend and be a part of a discussion panel at the end. Wow I'm going to be showcased in the Brooklyn Museum!! WOW I did it!! NY here I come Dec. 3 see you there!!

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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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Justin's HIV Journal

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.
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