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Justin B. Terry-Smith
Justin's HIV Journal


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

Justin B. Terry-Smith, Mr. Maryland Leather 2010.

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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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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.

This is a film by the bossacima project which took place in the Bossa Lounge in the Adams Morgan section of Washington DC. The project was made to showcase and celebrate all walks of life in the LGBTQ community. It was my first and I believe it was 2005 in which this was made. It was an amazing project to work with Daniel Cima, Rachid Abdallah and videographer Susana Travieso.

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