Justin's HIV Journal

Saturday, December 29, 2018

A&U Magazine announces Justin Terry-Smith's Advice Column Just*in Time as one of the very best columns of 2018!!

Hey Everyone now that we are nearing the end of 2018, A&U Magazine has just announced the very best columns of 2018.  AND GUESS WHAT? My column Just*in Time made the cut.  A&U Magazine stated, “Collected here for you are our very best columns from 2018, work by Justin B Terry-Smith, Corey Saucier, George M Johnson, John Francis Leonard, and Hank Trout.”  Such a proud moment for me Thank you all for your support.  To see the list of A&U Magazine’s Very Best Columns of 2018 click here or click the link below


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Oldest Patient with HIV about to turn 100 years old

As of 2018, there are about 37 million people living with HIV, one of those people is a 99-year-old man living in Lisbon Portugal.  Researchers have dubbed him The Lisbon Patient.  The man has decided to keep his identification for fear of being stigmatized but the public, so I will call him Miguel.  Miguel is faithful with his medical appointment and HIV medications.  In 2004 at the age of 84 Miguel had trouble breathing and was rushed to the hospital, there doctors found that he had an HIV related cancer.  The doctors were able to treat his cancer and now I believe Miguel is cancer free but was diagnosed with HIV.  He is now the oldest living patient with HIV.  The doctor believes he has been HIV positive 25 years before his diagnosis, through heterosexual sex.  Meaning at around the age 60 he was infected with HIV.  Doctors are now studying his blood to unlock some of the mysteries of HIV. He has some vision and hearing loss but hey that old age for you, and not HIV. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

H.I.V: Hope Inspires Victory Documentary

Hello everyone and happy holidays

I want to introduce my friend Richard Flores who is a Filmmaker.  He came out with a Documentary about HIV/AIDS which can be seen on YouTube.com.  The Documentary is called, “H.I.V: Hope Inspires Victory”.  The film truly looks at the origins and timeline of HIV/AIDS.  When approached to do the film by Flores I jumped at the change because I felt he was authentic and truthful.  He didn’t twist the story what he shot is what he produced.  It was great to work with him.  Other than me he recruited other persons to be in the film.  The other participants are Charles Sanchez, Donnie Bell, and Stephen Hart.   The film in its entirety can be found on YouTube by click on the link below or it can be seen here on my blog as well.

YouTube Link