Justin's HIV Journal

Thursday, June 7, 2018

HIV Long-Term Survivor's Day - What Is an HIV Long-Term Survivor? Five People With HIV Grapple With the Question

What Is an HIV Long-Term Survivor?  Five People With HIV Grapple With the Question

HIV Long-Term Survivor's Day is here! (6/5/2018) I have often wondered whether I am considered a long-term survivor. I've been positive for only 13 years. I personally don't know whether I am considered a long-term survivor, but it has somewhat felt that way. I've buried friends that have denied their own HIV status; because of the stigma they felt from family and the outside world, they let illness consume them instead of facing it head-on. But I was born in 1979 and will never remember the early epidemic and how there were people dying every day of AIDS. I decided to interview five people who have been HIV positive between 10 and 30-plus years to better understand what being a long-term survivor means and to learn about some of the challenges they face or may face.

The people who spoke to me come from different backgrounds, one is an African-American gay man, and two are Caucasian gay men. One is a woman who found out she was positive when she was pregnant, and the other is a heterosexual hemophiliac. I wanted volunteers from a diverse circle to get different perspectives on what they thought a long-term survivor is.

To see the interviews, click here or the link below

http://www.thebody.com/content/81068/what-is-an-hiv-long-term-survivor-five-people-with.html?ic=tbhwnbox

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Justin's Dissertation Gets Published and it's Dr. Justin B Terry-Smith NOW!!

Justin's Dissertation Gets Published and it's Dr. Justin B Terry-Smith NOW!!


Justin's Dissertation, 'Factors Influencing Use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Among Men Who Have Sex With Men' gets Published.  Many of you have been with me on this journey.  It has taken me 3 years but I have finally completed my Doctor in Public Health (DrPH).

Link to Dissertation either Click Here or the link below
https://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/dissertations/5273/

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Justin B. Terry-Smith outlines possible detriments of #meth use on your body if you are living with #HIV JUST*IN TIME




Do you ParTy? I get this question all the time on apps like Grindr, Jack’d, Scruff or Growlr. Okay, more on Grindr. But I have the same reply no matter what app the person hits me up on, “I’m not interested.” Don’t get me wrong, back in my twenties, Papa was a rolling stoned, young man.
Now I’m thirty-eight and I’m a little wiser and a less of a wild child. But I can say I’ve never ever tried meth and I have no intention to in the future. I can honestly say I don’t judge anyone who does meth, but I cannot give any part of myself to them. It’s not judgment, but I can’t trust the person on it. Being HIV-positive, I can only imagine how it interacts with one’s body. Instead of complaining about it, I’ve decided to educate myself and others on the detriments of meth to your HIV-positive body.
To see the rest of the article please Click here or copy and paste the link below
http://aumag.org/2018/04/24/justin-time-meth-use-hiv/

Monday, April 2, 2018

Grindr Users' HIV Statuses Exposed!!!






Grindr, which is a major Queer dating app recently said that they would offer their users a feature that reminded the users to get tested for HIV.  But one week after they announced they would offer this feature it was leaked that Grindr was sharing its users’ HIV status and the last date tested with the companies Apptimize and Localytics.  Apptimize and Localytics are social marketing companies that basically help apps like Grindr become more popular and attractive. 

There is more to worry about.  Along with HIV status and last day tested.  Information on users such as GPS data, phone ID, and email, an individual’s status could easily be discovered.

Buzzfeed was informed by the Norwegian researcher from the non-profit SINTEF that “The HIV status is linked to all the other information. That’s the main issue,” said Pultier. “I think this is the incompetence of some developers that just send everything, including HIV status.”

Before this incident Grindr yet again had another security flaw.  User were able to see who had blocked them.  NBC reported that, “The security flaw was identified by Trever Faden, CEO of the property management startup Atlas Lane, after he created a website called C*ckblocked” (the asterisk is part of the name of the service), NBC News reported. 

That flaw also allowed users access to others’ location data, which NBC News reported could “lead to increased harassment — especially in places where homosexuality is criminalized.”

Futhermore, NBC stated. “His website allowed users to see who blocked them on Grindr after they entered their Grindr username and password. Once they did so, Faden was able to gain access to a trove of user data that is not publicly available on user profiles, including unread messages, email addresses, deleted photos, and the location data of users, some of whom have opted to not share their locations publicly.” 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Logging into a dating/hook-up app, like Grindr, is no excuse to log off of your brain or heart. Typos are excusable—stigma is not!


"Logging into a dating/hook-up app, like Grindr, is no excuse to log off of your brain or heart. Typos are excusable—stigma is not!" JUST*IN TIME by Justin B Terry-Smith #HIV #stigma #LanguageMatters


Language matters. It can promote prejudice and misinformation; it shapes our thinking about who and what has value in this world. Logging into a dating/hook-up app, like Grindr, is no excuse to log off of your brain or heart. Typos are excusable—stigma is not!


To take a look please Click Here

http://aumag.org/2017/12/09/justin-time-language-matters/

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Justin on making private testimony public & the Impact on Social Media with HIV Activism


When Justin’s HIV Journal was on display at the Brooklyn Museum there was a discussion panel afterwards of Activist.  It allowed me to see activist from early in the HIV epidemic and present-day activist.  The one commonality that we all had in common was the camera.  We documented our lives and other people’s lives that were affect or infected with HIV.  It amazed me on how far activism has come but it also amazes me on what is coming next from the next generation.  Sometimes, I wonder will the generation after me understand what we’ve done to help in the fight against HIV.  I know that the generation before me probably thought the same thing.  Well, I say to them I was there, I listened, and I’m here now continuing your work.  The work that laid the ground for other like me to be able to do what we do.  I thank you all on this World AIDS Day

Justin B. Terry-Smith on the impact of technology and social media with activism
Excerpt: “As far as me growing up and going to college I kind of left it by the wayside but I always really had a passion for journalism in the media and so being a writer today really did help me to be able to be open about what I have. To be open about who I am. But I will say that I have two sons they are 20 and 18. And I will say that I LOVE social media... It does allow them to be open and to explore and explain their feelings to the outside world. It does allow us to be able to say, 'here's an important cause'. Here's an avenue for you to feel passionate about, go explore that." - Justin B. Terry-Smith
Justin B. Terry-Smith on making private testimony public

Excerpt: “Giving a testimony of what was going on with me was able to manifest itself and have other people say, 'well this is happening with me too'. Having people comment and send me emails about that made me want to do more and more. And broadened my horizon like my husband and I are adopting this kid and another kid. I'm still doing this and thinking of what it means to be positive. And a lot of people from the older generations would say well, we never thought that would even be a possibility.” - Justin B. Terry-Smith

Monday, November 27, 2017

Justin B Terry-Smith offers 8 ways to stay on top of your oral health if you are living with #HIV in the latest JUST*IN TIME


Persons living with HIV must take extra care of their bodies and minds. I have this saying I repeat to myself when things don’t go as well as I think they should go after a depressing doctor’s appointment. “My body wasn’t given the ability to fight off a virus constantly.” This includes one’s oral health; yes, I’m talking about your teeth and gums, people. People may not know this but there are certain things of which people living with HIV need to stay conscious and cautious.

As several oral health issues can show up with people who are living with HIV, here are eight facts that one must know about HIV and the mouth. (Remember that, with any medical condition, you should consult a physician, preferably someone who specializes in HIV medicine.)
Click here for Justin's Top 8 Dental Concerns and Solutions for Person living with HIV/AIDS or copy and paste this link
http://aumag.org/2017/11/22/justin-time-hiv-oral-health/

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