Justin B. Terry-Smith has been involved in Gay and HIV Activism since 1999. He is a Air Force 9/11 Disabled Vet. Raised in Silver Spring, MD, he now lives in Severn, MD with his husband Phil. He writes an HIV/STI Advice Column for A&U Magazine and is a Contributing writer for thebody.com. He earned an AA in Communications, a BA in Political Science, Masters and Doctorate in Public Health with a concentration in Infectious Disease.
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.
I hope you
get to read this because I’m in desperate need of an
answer about HIV
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.
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
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