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HIV Denialists/Dissidents ... REALLY?

By Justin B. Terry-Smith

May 19, 2011

HIV Denialists/Dissidents are people that do not believe that HIV causes AIDS. They also believe that taking medication to help fight against HIV is wrong. They also do not buy into the fact that HIV is a threat to public health worldwide. They also think that toxicities are the main contributors to why HIV tests come up positive. Also HIV Denialists/Dissidents believe that the science of observing and discovering HIV is flawed and that it is not sexually transmitted. HIV Denialists/Dissidents often believe that the complications most of us call AIDS instead come from reckless and recreational drug use, not any virus.

Please keep that in mind as you read further.


When creating Justin's HIV Journal I came across and man named Gregory. He seemed nice and wanted to talk to me about being HIV positive. He then proceeded to spout off about theories of HIV Denialists/Dissidents. I quickly sparked up a dialog and then got very sick of his ranting and raving.

Recently I posted a vlog entry called, "Justin's HIV Journal: Love in the Time of HIV". My good friend Mark Fischer, Sr. Vice President of Back to the Basics, posted it again on his Facebook page. Well Gregory decided to comment on the entry and here's where things started getting a little heated. Fischer has been an HIV activist and supports me in my decision to take HIV medications; Gregory is an HIV Denialist/Dissident and does not. Gregory posted a video about Mark Fischer saying that he was going to sue him for pushing me to take HIV medication.

Gregory's video:

Let me just say one thing. THIS IS MY CHOICE. Mark and I are friends and he stands by my decisions. HIV Denialism is responsible for thousands of deaths, especially in Africa.

Gregory's video to Maria T. Mejia:

Gregory for you to insult Maria is wrong. You clearly are being condescending by bringing up that you should have spoken in Spanish to her so she could understand what you are saying. You are being spiteful and fanatical, and you don't even know it. Honestly I've been very nice up until now; to me Gregory you have a couple of screws lose, the elevator doesn't reach all the way to the top and the lights are on but nobody is home.

Take your HIV Denialism/Dissidents elsewhere. How dare you threaten to sue someone and if I heard you wanted to include me in a class action lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies I would think you were insane. For you to come at someone and say, "Here sign on this dotted line so that you can join us on this lawsuit" I would still think you were insane. Now I know I don't just have to think it: you are insane. Back off Gregory.

Gregory runs the YouTube channels with usernames "oberservationmode" and creator of "hivquestions".

Maria's Retort:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Then I discovered that there was a Website that called me a "Liar" and that I was a pharmaslut. Let me say this: who are you to call me a Liar?

Maria honey, I love you. Nobody scares me either, and you are very aware.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: A (San Francisco, CA) Tue., Jul. 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm UTC
If it's "Gregory Obode Smiley", he's been around on social media for a while. Persistent and annoying. Looks like his videos have been marked "private" so they're not viewable in this article. Which is too bad, cause I'd be amused to see him actually speak.
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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.
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