Justin's HIV Journal

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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Friday, July 22, 2016

Justin's HIV Journal makes Healthline Media's Best HIV & STD Blogs of 2016

I am deeply honored and proud to say that Healthline Media has named Justin’s HIV Journal one of the best HIV & STD blogs of 2016.  I was surprised when I received this e-mail (copied and pasted below) from Healthline Media LLC.  This is amazing to me and I’m so glad that speaking out about something so passionate is giving to the common good of making awareness and education on HIV and other STI paramount.  It has been a little over 10 years that I’ve lived with HIV.  Justin’s HIV Journal is not alone in being one Healthline’s best HIV & STD blogs of 2016.  Here is the list of the top 18 2016 winners Blog.AIDS.gov, The Body: HIV/AIDS Blog Central, HIV/AIDS Advice from Verywell, HCV Advocate, Hep B Blog, HIV and ID Observations, HIV Negative Spouses, I’m Still Josh, Living in the Bonus Round, A Marine and HIV, My Fabulous Disease, My Journey with AIDS…. and More!, POZ’s Blog, Poz Life of Patrick, Shawn and Gwenn, The STD Project, and The Well Project.  I’m humbled as well, because the other blogs named above are so amazing and informative. 

The Letter from Healthline Media
Hi Justin,

Congratulations! Your blog has made Healthline's list of the Best HIV/STD Blogs of 2016! Healthline's editors selected each winner based on their reach to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high quality information. We created a badge to help you publicize your achievement, and I encourage you to embed the badge on your site and share your 2016 status with your followers.

Winners list: 
Badge to embed: 

Thanks for providing a great resource to the HIV/STD community. I will be happy to answer any questions and assist you with embedding the badge on your site.

King Regards,
Nicole Lascurain [ Assistant Marketing Manager ]
Healthline Media, Inc.
www.healthline.com – @healthline – @HealthlineAdLab

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Justin's HIV Journal: Justin's Black, Gay and Jewish?!?!?

HIV is a horrible disease but one thing that I realize, at least in my opinion, is that spirituality does help with stress and release.  Being stressed with HIV is never a good thing, it only allows the HIV to hit your body, mind and soul harder than before.

In my journey living with HIV I converted from Christianity to Paganism.  Paganism is older than Christianity and I felt very comfortable with my decision.  But I also had to understand that in my family heritage I’m originally supposed to be Jewish.  So this is how it going a long time ago one of my Great Great Great Grandmother on my mother’s side was intimate with a Jewish man.  From the very beginning it was taboo.  At that time there was no way a black woman and Jewish man could ever be together on a permanent basis, it was illegal.  Her descendants married Christian men, took on the role of being Christian, and raised their children that way.  That is the story of my family that I was told.  I was also told that the last name of the Jewish man was Sasportas.  The name Sasportas can be found in a lot of places from the black slave owners book to leading slave revolts in the Caribbean.  

All in all, I should’ve been raised Jewish but was not.  I consider myself Judeo-Pagan, which means to me that I really should look at Kabbalah and no I don’t mean the commercialization that many celebrities have done but an authentic practice of Kabbalah.  From the Kabbalah Center Kabbalah is an ancient wisdom that reveals how the universe and life work. On a literal level, the word Kabbalah means “to receive.” It's the study of how to receive fulfillment in our lives.  I continue to observe and celebrate Jewish holidays and customs, and believe me this is not easy because there are so many.  The Hebrew name that I go by is Yadin and I’ve joined a Jude-Pagan study group and after I complete my doctorate program I will start Hebrew school.  You may understand this but I believe that being spiritually aware in one’s own right can bring fulfillment in your life and the lives of others.  The only thing I ask is not to put one’s religion on anyone else and respect anyone’s decision to pray as they wish. 

Now I feel a bit better because of my new found spirituality.  Having the support of my family, friends and readers really means a lot to me. 

Other Jews out there may not accept me because I didn’t go through certain channels the traditional way, but that is on them if they would like to take that in.  

Monday, June 20, 2016

Justin's HIV Journal: Justin's 10 Year Anniversary living with HIV

It has been 10 years since I’ve been diagnosed with HIV.  I’ve changed HIV medications twice and my body seems to like the latest one far better than the other two regimens I was on.  I seem to have been dealing with things that have come along with being infected with HIV rather well.  Physically I didn’t expect to get Rosacea but I’m keeping it under control by trying to avoiding things that I really like to eat and drink.  I did break out into hives on my arms one time and it was intolerable to the point where I was screaming in pain but that went away when I took an inflammatory.   

Since having HIV is have earned an Associate’s in Communications, a Bachelor’s in Political Science, a Master’s in Public Health and now I’m in school to get my Doctorate in Public Health.  During those 10 years I’ve gotten married and have two sons by adoption, Lundyn and Tavis.  All in all, I’m happy and I’m doing well.  10 years down and as many years as it takes to find a cure to go.  

Just*in Time HIV Advice Column #‎HIV‬ vs. ‪#‎AIDS‬ a reader writes in w/ concern June Issue of A&U Magazine

#‎HIV‬ vs. ‪#‎AIDS‬ a reader writes in w/ concern The latest JUST*IN TIME by #JustinTerrySmith

To see June Advise column from A&U Magazine please click on the link below