Justin's HIV Journal

Saturday, December 29, 2018

A&U Magazine announces Justin Terry-Smith's Advice Column Just*in Time as one of the very best columns of 2018!!

Hey Everyone now that we are nearing the end of 2018, A&U Magazine has just announced the very best columns of 2018.  AND GUESS WHAT? My column Just*in Time made the cut.  A&U Magazine stated, “Collected here for you are our very best columns from 2018, work by Justin B Terry-Smith, Corey Saucier, George M Johnson, John Francis Leonard, and Hank Trout.”  Such a proud moment for me Thank you all for your support.  To see the list of A&U Magazine’s Very Best Columns of 2018 click here or click the link below


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Oldest Patient with HIV about to turn 100 years old

As of 2018, there are about 37 million people living with HIV, one of those people is a 99-year-old man living in Lisbon Portugal.  Researchers have dubbed him The Lisbon Patient.  The man has decided to keep his identification for fear of being stigmatized but the public, so I will call him Miguel.  Miguel is faithful with his medical appointment and HIV medications.  In 2004 at the age of 84 Miguel had trouble breathing and was rushed to the hospital, there doctors found that he had an HIV related cancer.  The doctors were able to treat his cancer and now I believe Miguel is cancer free but was diagnosed with HIV.  He is now the oldest living patient with HIV.  The doctor believes he has been HIV positive 25 years before his diagnosis, through heterosexual sex.  Meaning at around the age 60 he was infected with HIV.  Doctors are now studying his blood to unlock some of the mysteries of HIV. He has some vision and hearing loss but hey that old age for you, and not HIV. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

H.I.V: Hope Inspires Victory Documentary

Hello everyone and happy holidays

I want to introduce my friend Richard Flores who is a Filmmaker.  He came out with a Documentary about HIV/AIDS which can be seen on YouTube.com.  The Documentary is called, “H.I.V: Hope Inspires Victory”.  The film truly looks at the origins and timeline of HIV/AIDS.  When approached to do the film by Flores I jumped at the change because I felt he was authentic and truthful.  He didn’t twist the story what he shot is what he produced.  It was great to work with him.  Other than me he recruited other persons to be in the film.  The other participants are Charles Sanchez, Donnie Bell, and Stephen Hart.   The film in its entirety can be found on YouTube by click on the link below or it can be seen here on my blog as well.

YouTube Link


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Justin B Terry-Smith DrPH becomes a Life Coach

Hey everyone good news I'm now a certified Life Coach.  Let me start off by saying thank you, everyone, who had confidence in me and encouraging words for me.  Life coaching is a synergistic relationship between an accredited life coach and a client designed to tap into your full potential. Just as Olympic athletes wouldn’t think of training without the added insight, objective perspective and enthusiastic support of an athletic coach, many of today’s most successful business leaders, professionals, executives, entrepreneurs and CEOs use the services of a life coach to take their lives, careers, or businesses to the next level (Lifecoach.com).

I will be taking clients that are willing and wanting to go through the journey of decreasing their address limitations, increasing their chances of fulfilling their goals.  My husband Dr. Philip Terry-Smith is also a Life Coach.  We have a business called, “Coach Positive”, which can be found at coachpositive.com.  I will work with everyone but I am more knowledgeable about relationships, education, and career.  I can work with anyone under the sun.  To request an appointment with me you can start by going to my Facebook page Justin B Terry-Smith – DrPH at https://www.facebook.com/justifans/ or you can e-mail me at JustinTerrySmith@gmail.com  

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Justin takes the African Ancestry DNA Test

I decided to do the African Ancestry DNA Test because I wanted to know where my African Ancestry came from.  I needed to know as a Black person who understands how important it is to know one’s history.  I truly believe that you do not know where you are going if you don’t know or understand where you come from Slavery has stripped away identifies that we as Black Americans have lost and thisis truly a tragedy.

Using the potheyr of DNA and the most comprehensive database of indigenous African genetic sequences in existence, African Ancestry is the ONLY company that can trace one’s ancestry back to a specific present-day African country and ethnic group of origin dating back more than 500 years ago. If the results are from another continent, they also provide that information.

Everyone carries in their DNA a series of indicators that provide information about their ancestry. This information is passed from generation to generation and can tell a profound story about where someone comes from and highlight a person’s connections to modern-day Africa.

Depending on which test you purchase, they analyze either the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that a person inherited from your mother, the Y chromosome that men inherit from their fathers or autosomal DNA that you inherit from both parents. A simple swab from inside your cheek is all they need to begin the process.

You share information within the genes they extract that is unchanged through every branch of your family tree. In other words, they identify the unique fingerprint that you share with your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on along a single lineage.

Utilizing pioneering genetic scientific methods, they look closely for markers or mutations that indicate where in the world your ancestry is found. If your genes indicate Africa, they then compare them to the world’s largest database of African lineages to determine the present-day African country and ethnic group with which you share maternal or paternal ancestry.

Discovering your roots is an important and truly emotional experience. Once your ancestry has been determined, they provide information about your country of origin so that you can begin to re-connect with your roots. They also provide access to an exclusive online community of others who have also started the journey to find their true identity.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

PrEP Factors What influences the use of the HIV prevention tool among MSM?

PrEP, PrEP and more PrEP. PrEP has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration since 2012 and prevents the transmission of HIV from one person to another up to ninety-two percent, with others saying ninety-nine percent.

Men who have sex with men whose sexual activities were categorized as high risk, a demographic that is most vulnerable to HIV infection, was one of the populations for which PrEP was first indicated. However, not everyone who is gay or bi, or same-gender-loving, has heard of PrEP.

While in Chicago for an event that catered to MSM, I noticed a young gay man who seemed very curious to know others in my group. So, I befriended him because I was curious to know where he was in his life and where his head was at. He was an early twenty-something and I asked his profession and he said he was a server at a restaurant and had dropped out of college. I then asked, “Have you heard of PrEP?” He replied, “No, what is PrEP?” I was shocked and surprised. I wondered why this young man had not heard of PrEP.

When I started my doctoral study and thought about a possible public health dissertation topic, I wanted to focus on something other than HIV. There were several options such as childhood obesity, drug abuse, smoking, etc., but my mind would not stop thinking about that young gay man who had no idea what PrEP was. I couldn’t get him out of my head.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Just*in Time: Destigmatizing Sex Work

Happy Halloween, everyone. This month I’ll be addressing stigma and sex workers. Sex workers can be of all genders, sexual orientations, races, and any sex. They face so many challenges created by people’s negative opinions of their professions, HIV stigma, police brutality, etc. We need to address these issues in our community as a whole to decrease discrimination, stigma, and HIV acquisitions.
According to the CDC (2016), sex workers are “people who exchange sex for money or nonmonetary items” and are at increased risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV and other STIs because they are more likely to engage in risky sexual practices and substance use

So, what are some factors that keep sex workers at risk for acquiring HIV/STIs?

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