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Justin B. Terry-Smith

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Justin B. Terry-Smith Introduces His New Advice Column for A&U Magazine
April 12, 2012


Every time I hear one of my friends say, "I'm going to be abstinent," I think about the reasons why they might say so. There are so many reasons. Some of the people I know decide to because of spiritual reasons, some do it because they are scared of catching HIV or an STI, and others because they suffer from low self-esteem and fear rejection. Listen, if you want to remain abstinent it is okay. I honestly think that anyone who wants to can, but do it for the right reasons.

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Justin Gets His Degree and Is Accepted Into Graduate School
March 29, 2012

The one thing about having HIV/AIDS is that you really don't think about what you want to accomplish because some of us lose hope, but I'm here to say DO NOT LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR DREAMS!!!! Just because you have HIV/AIDS doesn't mean you have to slow down. You should keep moving forward, keep living, keep loving and definitely keep laughing.

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Dr. Philip B. Terry-Smith Supports Write a Letter ...
March 12, 2012

What can I say about my husband other than he is the most incredible man I've ever met. He is supporting me and my campaign and also I commend him. It took a lot for him to do this as it would anyone that would express their feelings in such a way. Baby I love you and thank you.

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Dear HIV (My Letter to HIV)
March 6, 2012

Dear HIV,

Let me start out by saying you don't have me. You will never have me ever. My life, my love and my laughter you will never have.

You have almost destroyed the lives of the friends and family I have touched. Because of you I have to take medications every day. I hate what you have done to me, but most of all the friends that I have lost. You've hurt me, my friends and my family long enough.

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HIV-Positive Zimbabwean Woman Laced Child's Porridge With Menstrual Blood
March 5, 2012

So this has got to be one of the most disgusting stories I've ever heard. HIV dies easily in the air so I don't know what this lady was thinking, maybe she didn't know; but I think this act is still nasty.

A 17-year-old maid, Pelagia Mureya from Zimbabwe was caught lacing a baby's porridge with her menstrual blood. WTF, that in itself is probably one of the most disgusting things I've ever heard on the news. The 17-year-old maid is also confirmed to be HIV positive.

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Gay Marriage Passes in Maryland
February 28, 2012

After a long battle it was signed by the House and the Senate, and now Governor Martin O'Malley will sign gay marriage into law. Since Attorney General Doug Gansler of Maryland stated in 2010 that same-sex marriage will be recognized in the state, the LGBT community from my home state traveled to other states such as Massachusetts, New York, Washington D.C., etc., to get married just so they can travel back to Maryland so their marriage will be recognized. SO the day has FINALLY COME to Maryland. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE is now law in my hometown state of Maryland.

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HIV Criminalization Comes To MARYLAND! ... Wait, I'm HIV+ and I Live in Maryland ...
January 20, 2012

Maryland's oldest and longest serving Senator Norman Stone (Democrat from Baltimore County) proposed the bill (Senate Bill 60) to raise the transmission of HIV from a Misdemeanor to a Felony charge. The bill currently has no co-sponsor in the Senate.

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National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine Keynote Speaker Justin B. Terry-Smith
January 18, 2012

On December 5th, 2011, I was given the honor of being the Keynote Speaker for the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. Before I was going to speak I was so nervous that they wouldn't like me or I would do really bad, but all in all I think I did OK. Keep in mind there were about 200 students and they are handpicked scholars from around the country. Some of the students were all the way from Hawaii and Puerto Rico. These young and impressionable men and women are the leaders that go to school and decide to earn a degree and practice in the medical profession. They were so receptive and amazing.

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HIV Positive and HIV Negative Dating Advice
December 30, 2011

I received an e-mail from someone who is actively dating and I will call him Jay. Jay is HIV negative and is dating a guy name Tom. Tom and Jay have been dating for about two months. Things are going great with both of them but in those two months they have not been intimate at all. Tom has been pressuring Jay to have sex, but Jay has stated that he is not ready. The reason Jay is not ready is because he is having trouble with Tom's HIV status.

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Being Honest Even When You're Scared and Complera Update
December 21, 2011

I've been on Complera for about three months now. It has gotten better for me. I don't know why my viral load shot up and my T cells when down a little before I started this new treatment. When you are public about what you have you tend to not be public about when you are scared or when it doesn't seem like it is going to get any better. I've not been telling everyone that my VL shot up and my T cells went down again. I was scared and all I can say is that I'm only human. I'm human and I do make mistakes. I don't want to feel like I've not been honest, nor do I feel like I should be chastised for not telling all, all the time. But I have to be honest.

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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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