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Justin B. Terry-Smith

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What About Black LGBT Pride?
June 1, 2013

So, Patrick and I decided to make another video with people who came to Black Gay Pride, asking them what it really means to them. Hopefully, this would help others, like my friend, to understand that this was not meant to threaten, but to enlighten those who didn't understand why we have a Black Gay Pride. Listening is probably the best thing.

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Why Is There a Black Gay Pride?
May 24, 2013

DC BLACK GAY PRIDE: Well it's been a long time. I've not been in about 5-6 years. Well it's about time I come back. I've missed a vital part of who I am and a community that needs me. I can't wait to enjoy the festivities, and if you hate it leave the NEGATIVITY at the door. This weekend I want to make it fun and I want to enjoy the togetherness I feel with my Gay Black Brothers. Yes I belong to other communities (i.e. the leather, HIV, activism communities) but I feel I've neglected my responsibilities to this community. Let's be apart of the SOLUTION and not the PROBLEM. I'M PROUD TO BE A BLACK, GAY, MARRIED, FATHER, LEATHERMAN WHO HAPPENS TO KNOW HIS HIV STATUS!!!!

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Raw Sex, Roulette Parties, HIV/AIDS and BDSM
May 14, 2013

Justin's HIV Journal: Justin talks about Raw Sex, Roulette Parties, HIV/AIDS and BDSM

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Justin on the Guys at Brunch Show Talking About Living With HIV/AIDS
May 14, 2013

This is the show Guys At Brunch. I was on the show back in 2011. It was amazing but I love these guys so I had to post it here.

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Antoine Dodson Renounces Homosexuality
May 14, 2013

YouTube pseudo celebrity Antoine Dodson has publicly renounced homosexuality, announcing on Facebook and TMZ that he has become a "True Chosen Hebrew Israelite descendant of Judah," is "no longer into homosexuality" and now wants a wife.....GURL PLEASE!!!

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First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks to the USDA
May 5, 2013

I haven't told anyone, but I had to take a break from school. So I'll be going back in June hopefully. I injured my foot so I couldn't play kickball anymore, and I just had to take a break from a lot of things. I even took a leave of absence from my motorcycle club, The Centaurs. A Masters in Public Health takes a lot of time and work.

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"Little Feet, Big Steps," A Children's AIDS Walk Book
May 5, 2013

"Little Feet, Big Steps" follows a young girl named Gabby through her discovery of what it means to bring communities together and be a part of something big. Gabby turns to family, friends and neighbors to raise money for her local AIDS WALK. Through this experience Gabby realizes she can help make a difference in a big way for people who are living with AIDS, just by walking and raising money. "Little Feet, Big Steps" is meant to encourage, motivate and inspire children. Their age does not have to impact their dreams and wishes of making a difference.

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Just*In Time: HIV Advice Column for April 2013
April 28, 2013

Justin
I am struggling because I recently found out that my boyfriend tested positive for HIV during our relationship. It has been six months to date since this happened & I am still dealing with the situation mentally. When I first got the news I was getting tested every two weeks and about two months ago I have limited it to once a month. All of my tests have been negative, but, for some reason, I am dealing with anxiety issues to the max. I feel like every symptom is there and I'm having it. I don't understand why I can't move on from this. Getting tested should be helping me but it just takes me back to the same place I was when I first got the news. Maybe you can give me some words of wisdom and encouragement that will help me to move past this & move on. Oh, and now I'm terrified to have sex. I don't sleep around I was always in a relationship so I don't understand why me ... so maybe you can help.
-- Monique

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How to Put on a Condom
April 28, 2013

1. CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATE!!

2. Make sure the condom is pushed inside the wrapper opposite the end from which you are opening it.

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The Biohazard Tattoo & HIV Stigma
April 25, 2013

Last week I thought long and hard about the reason why someone would get a bio-hazard tattoo on their body, and then I asked myself why I would get one. I decided I would get a Biohazard tattoo not because I wanted to feel better about myself being HIV positive, but it was because I felt for the people that couldn't be open about their status. There are many reasons why a person cannot be open about their status: it could be because of their family, friends, partner/s, fear of persecution, death, etc. But a lot of these reasons come from stigma. Stigma of how one is treated when being open about their HIV status is very much alive and well. I got this tattoo for those mentioned above to help fight against HIV stigma.

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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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