Maryland: Local Blogger Shares His HIV Experience
February 19, 2009
Diagnosed with HIV in 2006, Air Force veteran Justin Smith of Laurel, Md., noticed few resources for young, black gay men living with the virus. Smith, 29, found Internet diaries about others' experiences with HIV, but he found no one using video to share those stories.
"It's a great way to reach a younger generation, and I was inspired by [President] Obama's new wave of using technology as far as the election goes, so I thought this would reach them better than reading any book," Smith said. "I'm not saying that books are not important, but a lot of 20-somethings are not reading like they used to, and are on the Internet cruising, hooking up, going on YouTube, looking at videos. When people are newly diagnosed, they're trying to reach out for help."
To view Smith's blog, visit www.justinshivjournal.blogspot.com.
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