Justin B. Terry-Smith
Justin's HIV Journal
Attacked on Grindr and Slut Shaming
February 24, 2015
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.
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.
Celebration of Life LGBTQ Film Project (Video)
September 2, 2014
This was very artistic and keep in mind the video has some nudity in it.
New HIV Prevention Pill
July 22, 2014
According to the CDC (2014) Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV to help prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill contains two medicines that are also used, in combination with other medicines, to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, PrEP can help stop the virus from establishing a permanent infection.
HIV Infections in D.C. Decrease (Video)
July 22, 2014
The World Health Organization (WHO) (2014) estimates, that 35 million people around the world are infected with HIV and 1.1 of them live in the United States (WHO, 2014). There was a decline in Men, Women, White, Black, Hispanic/Latino, heterosexual, Intravenous Drug Users (IDUs) and most age groups, except young gay and bisexual men.
Positive Parenting Moment -- A Son Surprises His Dad
June 10, 2014
There are many things that I want to teach my son as he goes into adult hood. He is 17 years old and sorry to say for him that he has to grow up fast. He has to understand that when you're an adult that are thing that are expected of you. There is one thing that I wanted him to especially understand, which the consideration for what things people might hold dear. Growing up I don't think that he had that. December 27th was my birthday and as most of you know that is two days after Christmas. My family has always been respectful of that and I love them for it. I'm going to guess that after having a talk with my son about planning around that time he understood what I meant. He actually did something that was so creative and loving it surprised me, and as most of you know, I'm almost never surprised. Check out the video.
Foster Parent Memory -- A Boy and His Chores
February 19, 2014
When a boy becomes one with his chores it's amazing the change you will see. My son was given a chore list to begin his chores every weekend. There were about 10 chores he could do on Saturday thru Sunday. When I was growing up I did just that. He complained so much I decided to make sure that he would do his chores and broke them up into one chore a day. Now he has no excuse on doing his chores. Laziness does not a Terry-Smith make. Of course I was a lot softer in explaining it to him, but I'm known for my tough love. ;-)
On HIV and Aging
There is one thing that we as humans have to face, and that is getting older. There isn't any Botox, moisturizer, or home remedy that will make you stop aging. I belong to the HAG: HIV Aging Group on Facebook, whose goal is to discuss all issues related to the senior HIV patient experience. The group was a mystery to me until someone suggested I join it. Now, I'm 34, but I'm considered young to some and old to others. As I was mulling over this month's column, I thought about how I could get a good perspective on experiences from older people living with HIV. I posed to the group this question:
Justin and Husband Phil Adopt Son
February 2, 2014
ADOPTION DAY is finally here. On January 30th my husband Dr. Philip Terry-Smith adopted our 17 year old LGBT son.
Justin's HIV Journal
Justin B. Terry-Smith
Justin B. Terry-Smith may be one of the most public African Americans living with HIV: He has his own blog and Web site, and he's even on YouTube. And who can blame him? Only 30, he already has an incredible story to tell. Justin admits he used to live "a very dangerous life," but since his diagnosis three years ago, the former heavy drinker and drug user has turned his life around.
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February 24, 2015 - Attacked on Grindr and Slut Shaming: A Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith
September 5, 2014 - Joan Rivers: HIV Activist and Comedy Roast Videos -- A Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith
September 4, 2014 - Open That Closet Door Fashion Show 2014: A Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith
September 2, 2014 - Celebration of Life LGBTQ Film Project: A Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith
July 22, 2014 - New HIV Prevention Pill: A Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith
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