Justin's HIV Journal

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Justin's HIV Journal Justin does ifly (Indoor Skydiving) Happy New Year!!

For my birthday, my hubby took me to ifly.  It was awesome!!! I did two sessions it was the best ever.  I’ve been skydiving before, this was amazing.  The hubby decided once a month we will go for some couple time.  2016 was a crazy year for us.  Let us hope 2017 is better.  With ifly and 2017 I plan on soaring to new heights in 2017.  Let us be proactive and not reactive.  Special thank you to the hubby Love you and to the staff at ifly.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Justin's HIV Journal at the Brooklyn Museum and La Mama Galleria

I received an e-mail from a curator from an organization called Visual AIDS.  Visual AIDS was Founded in 1988, and it is the only Arts organization that is fully committed to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness and creating dialog around HIV issues today.  Visual AIDS produces and presents visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications, while assisting artists living with HIV.  
I was invited by Visual AIDS to come up to NY and speak on a panel.  It was amazing I really enjoyed myself.  It put somethings into prospective for me.  One aspect about being an artist sometimes you never know how much for work impacts others and how much it impacts you to see it through another person’s eyes.  I got very emotional seeing the message I sent to my brothers it was hard but it helped me a little bit.  Thank you to the curators Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz and Hugh Ryan.  Also, thank you so much to Alex Fialho who helped me with transportation and hung out with me for a bit while in NY.  The exhibit was called, “Everyday”.  "Everyday" explores the AIDS crisis (historically and currently) through the lens of art and ephemera that looks at and evidences daily experiences & practices in response to HIV/AIDS.
The exhibition includes artwork and ephemera by Babycastles, Anne Balsamo, Barton Lidice Beneš, Jean Carlomusto, Curtis Carman, Paul Chisholm, Ian Clyde, darkroom danny, T De Long, Chloe Dzubilo, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, fierce pussy, Avram Finkelstein, Peggy Frank, Fuck Laws Flash Collective, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Carl George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, John Hanning, Eva Hayward, Edward Hochschild, Mark S. King, Kia Labeija, Carol Leigh, Nancer Lemoins, Gin Fong Louie, Dale MacDonald, Joyce McDonald, Juanita Mohammed, Ray Navarro, Luna Luis Ortiz, Grahame Perry, Poster Virus, LJ Roberts, Randy Freedomclay Rogers, Fábian Rios Rubino, Ivan Safrin, Dudley Saunders, Loren Schmidt, James Simmonds, Michael Slocum, Southern Living AIDS Quilt, Zara Steadman, Hugh Steers, Nelson Sullivan, Justin B. Terry-Smith, Prashast Thapan, The NAMES Project, James Wentzy, Frederick Weston, Jessica Whitbread, Jon Winet, Albert Winn and Tanya Wischerath.
This is the first time Justin’s HIV Journal was showcased in a galleria then to go to the Brooklyn Museum and see Justin’s HIV Journal on a big screen was amazing.
A very special shoutout to Drea De Aragao and Damien Basile for coming out and supporting me!!!
Click the link to go to the Visual AIDS site

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Justin B Terry-Smith's answers questions on Side Effects of PrEP and How he found out he had HIV

Hi Justin—I heard your dissertation is on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Can you tell me what the side effects of PrEP are?

What did it feel like when you got HIV? Did you notice your body change? And, if so, did you think it was nothing? Or can you just not tell at all if you are positive?

Justin answers these questions on A&U Magazine's website please click the link below 



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Monday, November 14, 2016

#HIV Diagnosis Justin answers How did you find out you are positive—of course it was by testing but what led you to go and test for HIV?


i Justin—
Greetings from Accra. I cannot stop admiring your online posts and pictures and your positive attitude toward life. This makes me wonder if you are really HIV-positive because you do not fit the popular image of a person living with HIV as melancholy and lonely. Most people here do not disclose and are living in silence because of stigma. This brings me to the question: How did you find out you are positive—of course it was by testing but what led you to go and test for HIV? Did you have symptoms? What were they? How long after your exposure to the virus did you get tested?
These appear to be personal questions. It’s okay if you do not wish to answer any of them. Thanks and regards. Good health and blessings to you.
Justin's Answer can be found in the link below

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Justin B Terry-Smith talks #PrEP and Sexual Empowerment in the latest edition of Just*in Time from A&U Magazine

In the latest edition of A&U Magazine America's AIDS Magazine I talk to a reader about Sexual Empowerment and PrEP.  

1st step in #HIV #prevention is sexual health empowerment • JUST*IN TIME by Justin B.Terry-Smith.

Dear Justin—

I hope you get to read this because I’m in desperate need of an
answer about HIV prevention.

I actually met you years ago when you were the speaker at Howard University for Black AIDS Awareness. I was a freshman then and I didn’t know a lot about HIV. I think the reason why is because I didn’t know how to accept the fact that I was gay. When I finally acknowledged it, I thought about your presentation at Howard University. It scared me because I didn’t want to be HIV-positive. I had a boyfriend and we had sex only about twenty-five times. He was very abusive verbally at first and that really took a toll on my self-esteem; then he became physically abusive and would throw things at me in the house, punching me, smacking me, etc. I left him and now I have a new boyfriend.

My new boyfriend is amazing, but he is also HIV-positive.  He doesn’t want to use condoms but he wants me to go on PrEP; I kinda already know what I want to do but I really wanted to know what you would do in this situation. Do not worry—I’m not basing my decision on what you say, but I am going to take it into consideration.


To see my answer to the reader please click on the link below:

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Justin's HIV Journal Videos Showcased at the Brooklyn Museum Exhibit!!

GREAT NEWS: Some of the videos from Justin's HIV Journal will be SHOWCASED in the Brooklyn Museum with other HIV Activists Mark S. KingCarol Leigh, Juanita Mohammed, Luna Luis Ortiz PhotographySouthern AIDS Living QuiltJames Wentzy and the late Nelson Sullivan (1948-1989) & Ray Navarro (1964-1990) The exhibit will officially open Dec. 1st (World AIDS Day) but there will be a free showing Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 7:00pm–9:00pm in which I will attend and be a part of a discussion panel at the end :-D <3 span=""> Wow I'm going to be showcased in the Brooklyn Museum!! WOW I did it!! NY here I come December 3rd see you there!!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

#Serodifferent couples: How do u navigate the conversation about #PrEP & #HIV meds?

A&U Magazine's Just*in Time HIV Advice Column by Justin B Terry-Smith focuses on

#Serodifferent couples: How do u navigate the conversation about #PrEP & #HIV meds? JUST*IN TIME by @JustinBSmith79

Hope you’re doing well! Got a question you might know the answer to….So I’m negative and on Truvada as PrEP, but my boyfriend finally got on what I thought his doctor prescribed him, Truvada, but instead was Emtriva. Now I’ve done my homework and before I get out of sorts: Is Emtriva equal or effectively the same as Truvada? Just thought you might know more than me, who specializes in sales and not health. Any help would be appreciated.

Click on the link below to hear what Justin has to say about it.


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