Tuesday, November 6, 2018
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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Thursday, November 1, 2018
Israel is beautiful. I had a blast. I visited a lot of places while staying in Tel Aviv. Jerusalem was one of my favorites, I was able to see all four corners (Jewish, Christian, Armenian, and Muslim). We went to Jaffa and that was beautiful as well. You could see Tel Aviv off in the distance and it was beautiful. Zippori National Park was amazing with ruins and mosaics. My absolute favorite was the Dead Sea. The mud covering with my friends was fun but also it made me closer to Israel in a way, closer than I ever thought possible. Walking into the Dead Sea and floating out on my back was as peaceful as I have ever been. Praying to the Wailing Wall made me weep because it was so powerful. I don’t want to go on and on about my experience. So here is a brief description of places I went to.
Mona Lisa of Zippori
Zippori is a village and an archeological site located in the central Galilee region of Israel. It lies 286 m above sea level and overlooks the Beit Netofa Valley. The site holds a rich and diverse historical and architectural legacy that includes Hellenistic, Jewish, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Crusader, Arabic and Ottoman influences.
The Western Wall in Jerusalem, Wailing Wall, or Kotel, known in Islam as the Buraq Wall, is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is a relatively small segment of a far longer ancient retaining wall, known also in its entirety as the "Western Wall"
Ein Gedi, just aside the Dead Sea in the Judean Desert, not too far from Jerusalem, is one of Israel’s premier hiking spots, featuring spectacular beauty, varied landscapes, and botanical gardens.
Masada is an ancient fortress in southern Israel’s Judean Desert. It's on a massive plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. A cable car and a long, winding path climb up to the fortifications, built around 30 B.C. Among the ruins are King Herod's Palace, which sprawls over 3 rock terraces, and a Roman-style bathhouse with mosaic floors. The Masada Museum has archaeological exhibits and recreations of historical scenes.
The Sea of Galilee, Kinneret or Kinnereth, Lake of Gennesaret, or Lake Tiberias, is a freshwater lake in Israel. It is approximately 53 km in circumference, about 21 km long, and 13 km wide. Its area is 166.7 km² at its fullest, and its maximum depth is approximately 43 m.
Jaffa, in Hebrew Yafo, or in Arabic Yaffa, the southern and oldest part of Tel Aviv-Yafo, is an ancient port city in Israel. Jaffa is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon and Saint Peter as well as the mythological story of Andromeda and Perseus, and later for its oranges.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Hey, everyone, I hope all is well. Fall is here and the first holiday that comes to mind is Labor Day. Does anyone know what this holiday is about? And, no, it isn’t about pregnant women going into labor. Labor Day is more about the labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. This month, I’d like to shine a spotlight on those who work with us to keep us healthy. I know there are a lot of us that absolutely hate having to deal with doctors or any public health professional, but maybe knowing more about what public health professionals do and why they can be an important part of our HIV journey might take the sting out.
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Monday, September 17, 2018
What do you do when feeling rejected by family members when you come out of the HIV closet?
I thought about the month of August and how it is a big month for my family.
My father’s and mother’s birthdays are both in August, and, to celebrate those two dates, I always send them a little something in the mail. My father will tell me and my brother to only call or send him a card. I will usually send my mother her favorite flowers. Also, my brother’s wedding anniversary was in August as well. He had an awesome wedding in Jamaica and married a beautiful woman that I am proud to call sister. August is also when I said “I do” to the most wonderful man in the world. So, when I think of August, I think of my family, but not all of us are lucky enough to have a supportive family.
Coming out of the HIV closet is even harder without the support of one’s family. Here are six points to remember as you consider having and/or navigating this discussion
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Monday, September 3, 2018
Richard Flores from Richard Plus Films has made a documentary called, ‘H.I.V Hope Inspires Victory’. He has released a trailer for the documentary which stars the current cast members Stephen Hart, Charles Sanchez, Donnie Bell and Dr. Justin B Terry-Smith and Joshua Luckey-Riddle (Luckey)- Singer of "This Spirit" song soundtrack. Stay Tuned to get more information on the documentary.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
A&U: America's AIDS Magazine writer Justin B Terry-Smith interviews Charles Mattocks the creator of new HIV Reality Show.
The nephew of Bob Marley, Mattocks has had a successful musical career. He has also starred in several films, as well. His most noteworthy performance came with the title role of The Summer of Ben Tyler, with James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern, and he has appeared on CNN, Dr. Oz, and The Today Show, among others.
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Friday, August 24, 2018
As most of you know I’m a Jew and proud of it. Many of us that did not grow up in a Jewish household feel as though we missed out on a lot of things that have to deal with Jewish culture. I’m Jewish by blood but I grew up in a Christian household. There are many Jewish people that do not practice Judaism, but I practice Judaism now. As many of you know I graduated this year with my Doctorate in Public Health. 3 long years of studying has finally paid off and now it’s time to treat myself but also, it’s my time to focus on my spiritual journey as well. So, as a graduation present to myself, I’M GOING TO ISRAEL. I’m super excited and I want you guys to come with me. BUT I would like my readers and watchers to give me suggestions on places to visit and things to see. Also, if you live in Israel I would love to meet up and hang out. Hit me up with suggestions in my comment box. THANKS A BUNCH, and MAZEL TOV to me 😉
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
New HIV reality show 'Reversed' (VIDEO)
After the International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam I received an e-mail from the Creator of the Reality TV Show Reversed. He asked me to do a Press Release for him. I looked over the press release and to my pleasant surprise I read that he was going to do a Reality TV Show on people who have been infected with HIV. This has never been done in history, the first Reality show on people who have been infected with HIV. This show will focus on reversing the participants view on how to live healthier lives mentally, physically, emotionally and on some level spiritually. This is so important to our community and the world because people around the world are still becoming infected with HIV. The general population needs to see how living with HIV affects people who are infected. The stigma is still strong. Many people living with HIV think they are not worth being cared for or even loved. The reality show will have casting calls for participant and will have a staff or experts, professional and activist. This show will be shot in the beautiful country of Jamaica. When I was approached by the Creator Charles Mattocks, nephew of Bob Marley, created the show which first focused on Diabetes, to bring more awareness HIV and fighting HIV stigma. Education is key and by this show airing on Discovery Life it will give a chance for the general population to get a glimpse of what it is like living with HIV.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
REVERSED, AN ACCLAIMED REALITY SHOW WITH A DIABETES FOCUS, LOOKS TO EXPAND TO HIV
POSTED ON JULY 30, 2018
July 30, 2018 – Emmy nominated actor, author, producer, chef and philanthropist, Charles Mattocks, has a hit show, ‘Reversed’, which is now expanding its reach to tackle HIV.
‘Reversed’ is the first ever diabetes docu-series that aired on Discovery network. Show creator Charles Mattocks shot to limelight with the series to become a leading advocate for diabetes treatments since being diagnosed about nine years ago. The show is now expanding beyond diabetes to tackle the menace of HIV.
Charles has taken inspiration from his late uncle Bob Marley, and has had a successful musical career, and has also starred in several films. His most notable performance came with the title role of ‘The Summer of Ben Tyler’, with James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern. He is a published author with the ADA, a Blue Circle champion with the IDF, and has appeared on shows on CNN, Dr Oz and The Today Show, apart from others. He created ‘Reversed’ to reach out to people who needed education and inspiration to fight with diabetes.
Reality show ‘Reversed’ will tackle HIV after Charles was inspired by one of the stars on his show, who came out with his status. Charles felt the need to use the same format to help educate others as he himself was not well informed and left in shock by Jerome coming out about his diagnosis.
Charles states, “I truly knew very little about HIV and felt bad that I was worried about Jerome being on the show and not knowing. So I wanted to educate myself and others. ‘Reversed HIV’ will take five guests living with the disease in various stages and bring in experts to help work with them to live their best life with the condition.”
Many people have other conditions, many have family and relationship issues, and the list goes on. These can hinder them and find them isolated or depressed. ‘Reversed’ aims to become a voice and allow millions to be inspired to share their stories and know there is hope and many are thriving.
‘Reversed’ is currently casting for guests on the show and is looking to partner with many companies and non-profits in the HIV space to help make a major impact.
To set up an interview with Charles, please contact: Dan Goldberg – 813 679 4011
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Friday, August 3, 2018
Hey, everyone, I DID IT. Here is my commencement video To see me walk across that stage go 35 seconds into the video. Thank you to all my family. My Dad, his girlfriend, my Mom, stepfather, my brother and his wife were all in attendance. Most especially thank you to my rock, my husband and co-parent Dr. Philip Terry-Smith who also graduated with his Doctorate from Walden University (Circa 1992). After 3 long years of study and hard work, I graduated with my Doctorate in Public Health from Walden University in Minneapolis Minnesota. It's now Dr. J. I really feel solidified in my education, by saying out loud and proud I am an expert in my field.
Monday, July 23, 2018
HIV & the Military
Since I’m a veteran of the military (a disabled Air Force vet) there are several dates throughout the year that touch me: Memorial Day, to remember all who have fallen in the line of duty, Veterans Day. to remember all of us who have served in the military, and then there is the Fourth of July, when we remember how the United States of American was able to fight off the British to gain its independence. I also remember all those who are currently serving.
Often, I come across people who are unclear about what happens or what might happen to someone who becomes HIV-positive while in the military. Let me set the facts straight and also give you my take about military policy.
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"The military has done a major disservice to those who have acquired HIV while serving in the military and those of us who are already positive and want to join the military."
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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.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Justin's Dissertation Gets Published and it's Dr. Justin B Terry-Smith NOW!!
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Thursday, May 3, 2018
Monday, April 2, 2018
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.”