Justin's HIV Journal

Monday, September 17, 2018

Just*in Time: Navigating the HIV Closet

What do you do when feeling rejected by family members when you come out of the HIV closet?

I thought about the month of August and how it is a big month for my family.

My father’s and mother’s birthdays are both in August, and, to celebrate those two dates, I always send them a little something in the mail. My father will tell me and my brother to only call or send him a card. I will usually send my mother her favorite flowers. Also, my brother’s wedding anniversary was in August as well. He had an awesome wedding in Jamaica and married a beautiful woman that I am proud to call sister. August is also when I said “I do” to the most wonderful man in the world. So, when I think of August, I think of my family, but not all of us are lucky enough to have a supportive family.


Coming out of the HIV closet is even harder without the support of one’s family. Here are six points to remember as you consider having and/or navigating this discussion

To read more Click Here or go to the link below.

http://aumag.org/2018/08/29/justin-time-navigating-the-hiv-closet/


Monday, September 3, 2018

H.I.V Hope Inspires Victory Documentary Trailer



Richard Flores from Richard Plus Films has made a documentary called, ‘H.I.V Hope Inspires Victory’.  He has released a trailer for the documentary which stars the current cast members Stephen Hart, Charles Sanchez, Donnie Bell and Dr. Justin B Terry-Smith and Joshua Luckey-Riddle (Luckey)- Singer of "This Spirit" song soundtrack.  Stay Tuned to get more information on the documentary.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A&U: America's AIDS Magazine writer Justin B Terry-Smith interviews Charles Mattocks the creator of new HIV Reality Show.


The first series of Discovery Life’s Reversed was geared toward changing views on diabetes, educating and inspiring viewers to know how to prevent and fight against the disease. Produced by Emmy-nominated actor, author, producer, chef, and philanthropist Charles Mattocks, Reversed now seeks to change views on HIV.


The nephew of Bob Marley, Mattocks has had a successful musical career. He has also starred in several films, as well. His most noteworthy performance came with the title role of The Summer of Ben Tyler, with James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern, and he has appeared on CNN, Dr. Oz, and The Today Show, among others.

To see the full interview click here or go to the link below

http://aumag.org/2018/08/27/reversed-hiv/

Friday, August 24, 2018

Justin is going to ISRAEL



As most of you know I’m a Jew and proud of it.  Many of us that did not grow up in a Jewish household feel as though we missed out on a lot of things that have to deal with Jewish culture.  I’m Jewish by blood but I grew up in a Christian household.  There are many Jewish people that do not practice Judaism, but I practice Judaism now.  As many of you know I graduated this year with my Doctorate in Public Health.  3 long years of studying has finally paid off and now it’s time to treat myself but also, it’s my time to focus on my spiritual journey as well.  So, as a graduation present to myself, I’M GOING TO ISRAEL.  I’m super excited and I want you guys to come with me.  BUT I would like my readers and watchers to give me suggestions on places to visit and things to see.  Also, if you live in Israel I would love to meet up and hang out.  Hit me up with suggestions in my comment box.  THANKS A BUNCH, and MAZEL TOV to me 😉

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New HIV reality show 'Reversed' (VIDEO)

New HIV reality show 'Reversed' (VIDEO) 




After the International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam I received an e-mail from the Creator of the Reality TV Show Reversed.  He asked me to do a Press Release for him.  I looked over the press release and to my pleasant surprise I read that he was going to do a Reality TV Show on people who have been infected with HIV.  This has never been done in history, the first Reality show on people who have been infected with HIV.  This show will focus on reversing the participants view on how to live healthier lives mentally, physically, emotionally and on some level spiritually.  This is so important to our community and the world because people around the world are still becoming infected with HIV.  The general population needs to see how living with HIV affects people who are infected.  The stigma is still strong.  Many people living with HIV think they are not worth being cared for or even loved.  The reality show will have casting calls for participant and will have a staff or experts, professional and activist.  This show will be shot in the beautiful country of Jamaica.  When I was approached by the Creator Charles Mattocks, nephew of Bob Marley, created the show which first focused on Diabetes, to bring more awareness HIV and fighting HIV stigma.  Education is key and by this show airing on Discovery Life it will give a chance for the general population to get a glimpse of what it is like living with HIV.



Saturday, August 4, 2018

REVERSED, AN ACCLAIMED REALITY SHOW WITH A DIABETES FOCUS, LOOKS TO EXPAND TO HIV



REVERSED, AN ACCLAIMED REALITY SHOW WITH A DIABETES FOCUS, LOOKS TO EXPAND TO HIV

POSTED ON JULY 30, 2018

July 30, 2018 – Emmy nominated actor, author, producer, chef and philanthropist, Charles Mattocks, has a hit show, ‘Reversed’, which is now expanding its reach to tackle HIV.

‘Reversed’ is the first ever diabetes docu-series that aired on Discovery network. Show creator Charles Mattocks shot to limelight with the series to become a leading advocate for diabetes treatments since being diagnosed about nine years ago. The show is now expanding beyond diabetes to tackle the menace of HIV.

Charles has taken inspiration from his late uncle Bob Marley, and has had a successful musical career, and has also starred in several films. His most notable performance came with the title role of ‘The Summer of Ben Tyler’, with James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern. He is a published author with the ADA, a Blue Circle champion with the IDF, and has appeared on shows on CNN, Dr Oz and The Today Show, apart from others. He created ‘Reversed’ to reach out to people who needed education and inspiration to fight with diabetes.

Reality show ‘Reversed’ will tackle HIV after Charles was inspired by one of the stars on his show, who came out with his status. Charles felt the need to use the same format to help educate others as he himself was not well informed and left in shock by Jerome coming out about his diagnosis.

Charles states, “I truly knew very little about HIV and felt bad that I was worried about Jerome being on the show and not knowing. So I wanted to educate myself and others. ‘Reversed HIV’ will take five guests living with the disease in various stages and bring in experts to help work with them to live their best life with the condition.”

Many people have other conditions, many have family and relationship issues, and the list goes on. These can hinder them and find them isolated or depressed. ‘Reversed’ aims to become a voice and allow millions to be inspired to share their stories and know there is hope and many are thriving.
‘Reversed’ is currently casting for guests on the show and is looking to partner with many companies and non-profits in the HIV space to help make a major impact.

To set up an interview with Charles, please contact: Dan Goldberg – 813 679 4011

For more information, please visit: http://charlesmattocks.com
Media Contact
Company Name: Bella and Elle Media
Contact Person: Charles
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Country: United States

Friday, August 3, 2018

Justin B. Terry-Smith Graduates with his Doctorate






Hey, everyone, I DID IT.  Here is my commencement video To see me walk across that stage go 35 seconds into the video.  Thank you to all my family.  My Dad, his girlfriend, my Mom, stepfather, my brother and his wife were all in attendance.  Most especially thank you to my rock, my husband and co-parent Dr. Philip Terry-Smith who also graduated with his Doctorate from Walden University (Circa 1992).  After 3 long years of study and hard work, I graduated with my Doctorate in Public Health from Walden University in Minneapolis Minnesota.  It's now Dr. J.  I really feel solidified in my education, by saying out loud and proud I am an expert in my field.

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