Justin's HIV Journal

Monday, April 2, 2018

Grindr Users' HIV Statuses Exposed!!!






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.”

Futhermore, NBC stated. “His website allowed users to see who blocked them on Grindr after they entered their Grindr username and password. Once they did so, Faden was able to gain access to a trove of user data that is not publicly available on user profiles, including unread messages, email addresses, deleted photos, and the location data of users, some of whom have opted to not share their locations publicly.” 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Logging into a dating/hook-up app, like Grindr, is no excuse to log off of your brain or heart. Typos are excusable—stigma is not!


"Logging into a dating/hook-up app, like Grindr, is no excuse to log off of your brain or heart. Typos are excusable—stigma is not!" JUST*IN TIME by Justin B Terry-Smith #HIV #stigma #LanguageMatters


Language matters. It can promote prejudice and misinformation; it shapes our thinking about who and what has value in this world. Logging into a dating/hook-up app, like Grindr, is no excuse to log off of your brain or heart. Typos are excusable—stigma is not!


To take a look please Click Here

http://aumag.org/2017/12/09/justin-time-language-matters/

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Justin on making private testimony public & the Impact on Social Media with HIV Activism


When Justin’s HIV Journal was on display at the Brooklyn Museum there was a discussion panel afterwards of Activist.  It allowed me to see activist from early in the HIV epidemic and present-day activist.  The one commonality that we all had in common was the camera.  We documented our lives and other people’s lives that were affect or infected with HIV.  It amazed me on how far activism has come but it also amazes me on what is coming next from the next generation.  Sometimes, I wonder will the generation after me understand what we’ve done to help in the fight against HIV.  I know that the generation before me probably thought the same thing.  Well, I say to them I was there, I listened, and I’m here now continuing your work.  The work that laid the ground for other like me to be able to do what we do.  I thank you all on this World AIDS Day

Justin B. Terry-Smith on the impact of technology and social media with activism
Excerpt: “As far as me growing up and going to college I kind of left it by the wayside but I always really had a passion for journalism in the media and so being a writer today really did help me to be able to be open about what I have. To be open about who I am. But I will say that I have two sons they are 20 and 18. And I will say that I LOVE social media... It does allow them to be open and to explore and explain their feelings to the outside world. It does allow us to be able to say, 'here's an important cause'. Here's an avenue for you to feel passionate about, go explore that." - Justin B. Terry-Smith
Justin B. Terry-Smith on making private testimony public

Excerpt: “Giving a testimony of what was going on with me was able to manifest itself and have other people say, 'well this is happening with me too'. Having people comment and send me emails about that made me want to do more and more. And broadened my horizon like my husband and I are adopting this kid and another kid. I'm still doing this and thinking of what it means to be positive. And a lot of people from the older generations would say well, we never thought that would even be a possibility.” - Justin B. Terry-Smith

Monday, November 27, 2017

Justin B Terry-Smith offers 8 ways to stay on top of your oral health if you are living with #HIV in the latest JUST*IN TIME


Persons living with HIV must take extra care of their bodies and minds. I have this saying I repeat to myself when things don’t go as well as I think they should go after a depressing doctor’s appointment. “My body wasn’t given the ability to fight off a virus constantly.” This includes one’s oral health; yes, I’m talking about your teeth and gums, people. People may not know this but there are certain things of which people living with HIV need to stay conscious and cautious.

As several oral health issues can show up with people who are living with HIV, here are eight facts that one must know about HIV and the mouth. (Remember that, with any medical condition, you should consult a physician, preferably someone who specializes in HIV medicine.)
Click here for Justin's Top 8 Dental Concerns and Solutions for Person living with HIV/AIDS or copy and paste this link
http://aumag.org/2017/11/22/justin-time-hiv-oral-health/

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Web series CL♥SER - Trailer | LGBT Web series comes to you on World AIDS Day | ENGLISH SUBTITLES



Web series CLSER - Trailer | LGBT Web series | ENGLISH SUBTITLES

CLOSER is a web series with 5 episodes (6 minutes), produced and directed by Luis Fabiano Teixeira and Tiago Cardoso and will be available on YouTube on 1st December (World AIDS Day).

Daniel (Lucas Onofre) and Antonio (Renato Almeida) love each other, but the condition of the first, who is HIV positive, puts the future of the relationship in question. Between the guys is Karina, best friend of Daniel and also friend of Antonio.

The theme is approached respectfully and straightforwardly, mixing suspense, drama, romance and a bit of comedy. And, of course, some social merchandising: protected sex, HIV test and relationship between sero-discordant couples.

Unfortunately, talking about HIV is still taboo in Brazil.

The fear of rejection and prejudice often pushes HIV-positive people into a world of silence and darkness, so we believe that talking about it is a way to shed some light on the discussion and show acceptance.

In general, our message is very simple: bring these people closer to the heart and away from prejudice, so the web series is named CLOSER.

E-mail: contatomardeideias@gmail.com

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Justin’s HIV Journal selected for inclusion in the U.S. National Library of Medicine under National Institute of Health


This week I received an e-mail.  This e-mail coincides with what one of the goals that Justin’s HIV Journal has been trying to accomplish since its existence. 

Justin’s HIV Journal is now being achieved in The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).  This is very important in knowing that Justin’s HIV Journal has hit an important milestone and has made an impression on those that can influence public health in some way.  I’m very humbled by this honor and I really hope that when Justin’s HIV Journal has been archived that it will teach the present what may happen in the future. 

There are many people that do not understand that infectious disease such as HIV, is never the end.   HIV is but one disease, and trust and believe there will be others, that will cost many people their own lives. 

Thank you so much for all that have read and follow my blog and my YouTube Channel.  All the encouraging words far outweigh any negative comments I have received or will receive in the future.  I am proud of the progress that public health has made in the past decades.  We must all pick our battles and it’s better to look at the future positives than the past negatives.  But we must not forget and learn from those past negatives to have a better future for public health.  (See letter below)

Dear Justin,

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) has selected your website for inclusion in the Library’s web archive collections as part of its mission to collect, preserve, and make available to the public materials that provide information in medicine and public health, and document their histories.

The following URL has been selected: http://justinshivjournal.blogspot.com/

NLM’s web archive collections are important because they contribute to the historical record, capturing information that could otherwise be lost. With the growing role of the web as an influential medium, records of historic events could be considered incomplete without materials that were "born digital" and never printed on paper.
For more information about NLM’s web archive collections, please visit our website http://www.nlm.nih.gov/webcollecting/

If you have questions, comments or recommendations concerning the web archiving of your site please e-mail NLM’s Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group at nlmwebcollecting@nlm.nih.gov at your earliest convenience.
Thank you!

Redacted Name, on behalf of the NLM Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group
Redacted Name, Digital Manuscripts Program, National Library of Medicine
Redacted Address | Bethesda, MD 20894
Phone: XXX-XXX-4506 | E-mail: xxxxxx.xxxxx@nih.gov


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Staying Healthy in a Natural Disaster


In public health we know that when a natural disaster occurs it affects people living with chronic illnesses. HIV/AIDS itself is a disaster and compounding it with natural disasters like hurricanes will only hurt attempts at prevention, treatment, and livelihood. People need advice in times like these and I personally have been through a natural disaster that has affected me. There are things that people must keep in mind when dealing with a natural disaster, like the recent Hurricane Harvey, especially if they are infected with a chronic illness.

Please click here or the link below to get some pointers on how to stay health in a natural disaster

http://aumag.org/2017/10/11/justin-time-october-2017-staying-healthy-in-a-natural-disaster/

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