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.
Justin goes Zip Lining, Parasailing, Encounters Dolphins and Snubaing in Labadee Haiti, Cozumel and Costa Maya Mexico.
Sometimes it is just good to let your hair down. Being HIV positive doesn’t mean you have to stay at home but it might mean you need to get out of bed and enjoy life. There were many times, I felt depressed when I was first diagnosed. Life is a celebration and I say live it to its fullest. I’m not a party boy or anything but I had to get footage of the parties on the Atlantis Cruise Allure of the Sea ship it was amazing. We went to Cozumel Mexico and we went Snubaing which was amazing. Then we went to Costa Maya Mexico where my husband and I did the Dolphin Encounter which was great except they wouldn’t allow me to video tape it, but the experience was well worth it. The best to me was Labadee, Haiti where I ziplined and parasailed with the hubby. This vacation was needed and being a HIV positive activist, husband, parent etc. can be stressful so it is important to stop and appreciate all that is around and the experience that I have.
(Zip Lining & Parasailing)
Costa Maya, Mexico
Justin celebrates life and dances, listens to Jazz, and watches fireworks