Justin's HIV Journal

Monday, March 30, 2015

Justin's HIV Journal: Justin earns his Master's Degree in Public Health and MORE GOOD NEWS!!


It is official I’ve earned my Master’s in Public Health.  Now I can officially say I’m a Public Health professional.  After 2 ½ years of school work I’ve accomplished what I set out to accomplished.  It was a big goal for me to finally get this obstacle out of way.  Having HIV I want you all to know you cannot let it get in your way.  

REACH YOUR GOAL AND MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.  

People need to understand that HIV is NOT the end of your life.  You need to keep moving and live your life to the best of your abilities.   When I found out I had HIV school was the furthest thing from my mind.  But now it has helped me get a new job that is amazing.  I am now a Global Public Health Analyst.  As a present my loving husband bought me a new car.  He is an amazing man and has stuck by me through my Associates and Bachelor’s degree as well. 



GRADUATION IS IN JULY IN BALTIMORE!!

But most of you know I can’t stop there I will be attempting to earn my Doctorate in Public Health.



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Justin's HIV Journal: Attacked on Grindr & Slut-Shaming






I got a notification on my phone from my Grindr application so I click on it to check the message.  This guy immediately started with, “Really Justin?”  I then didn't understand what he was referring to, so I replied, “Really what?”  He then went on to say that he was disappointed in me for having my HIV status at the bottom of my Grindr profile and that I was once his hero and etc.  I just couldn't believe this.  All I could do was block the immaturity out and off my phone. 

1)   There are people on Grindr that don’t even say their status

2)  One of the first things I put is that I’m married and that my husband knows I have this application on my phone

3)  It’s really none of your business what I’m doing in my own bedroom but I’m open about my HIV status to all sexual partners – FYI.

4)  If the basis of me not being your role model HIV positive activist is that my status is at the bottom of my Grindr profile than find another HIV activist to follow because you've been following me for the wrong reasons. 

The article below can be found on Baltimore Gay Life Newspaper:

Many people this holiday season will get what they want and what they don’t want. My gift to you this year, dear reader, is the gift of purity. Many of us think of the word purity and automatically think of virginity. I am by no means a virgin, and neither are the majority of you reading this column. With that idea in mind, I ask – why on earth do we engage in slut shaming?
At the recent Mr. Maryland Leather contest one of the contestants gave a speech about slut shaming in the gay community and I was truly touched. He talked about how two of his friends had committed suicide because of the constant slut shaming (which is another form of bullying) they endured from their so-called friends.
As I do every year, I took the stage with all the former Mr. Maryland Leathers, and as my name was being called I heard the words, “Whore” being yelled at me. I stopped and realized that this was not right because to look on my husband’s face was the look of embarrassment and shame. When the contest was over, I marched up to those three people and told them to stop slut shaming me. The whole time I thought to myself this doesn’t just affect me but it affects my husband. If they don’t have any respect for me at least respect my husband and in turn respect my marriage. I really didn’t deserve it, neither did my husband or my son.
For HIV negative people, slut shaming can lead to a lowered self-esteem, which could make them at greater risk of contracting HIV. Having people shame you because of your sexual appetites only leads you to keep them secret and pushes them back into the closet. This also can be said for people who use preventative measure like Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). People think because you are on PrEP means that you do not use a condom and you have promiscuous sex, which is not the case at all because this is a form of HIV prevention.
People will do with their own bodies as they would like and it is not up to us to tell them what to do. It takes two (sometimes more) to tango and if it’s consensual then who the hell are you to tell them what they cannot do.
I suggest to all of you reading this column to keep that in mind before you shame someone into thinking that what they do sexually is wrong. People need to wake up to the ways of the world and get their head out of their behinds and other people’s personal lives; because frankly it’s none of your damn slut shaming business
Reference:

Terry-Smith, J. (2014) Baltimore Gay Life Newspaper. The Gift of Purity and Slut Shaming. Retrieved from http://baltimoregaylife.com/slut-shaming/



Monday, December 8, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Justin's HIV Journal HIV POSITIVE FATHERS DISCUSS FATHERHOOD !!

HIV POSITIVE FATHERS DISCUSS FATHERHOOD !!

(Me and a couple of other HIV positive fathers discuss what it's like being a Dad on TheBody.com ) #JustinBTerrySmith


Click on the link to find out what we had to say:
http://www.thebody.com/content/75227/hiv-positive-dads-discuss-fatherhood-a-spotlight-s.html?ic=7001

Monday, November 24, 2014

JACK MACKENROTH'S ANTI HIV STIGMA CAMPAIGN #weareALLclean

JACK MACKENROTH'S ANTI HIV STIGMA CAMPAIGN
#weareALLclean
Friend and fellow HIV Activist Jack Mackenroth has come up with an amazing way to combat HIV Stigma.

In social media and dating sites (especially in the gay community) we hear, "I'm clean" meaning I don't have HIV and I'm STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) free. These words, "I'm clean" only further stigmatized people living with HIV.  "I'm clean" gives the perception that people living with HIV are somehow dirty.  This is an awesome HIV Campaign and I'm very proud to participate.  Here are INSTRUCTIONS on how you can become apart of his movement.  

INSTRUCTIONS:
1) Take a  selfie or Vine video of yourself in the shower.** NO EXPLICIT NUDITY**
2) Post your photo on Moovz and all social media platforms with the caption "Take HIV Shower Selfie Challenge raise $$ for AIDS cure bit.ly/CUREAIDS #weareALLclean"
3) Challenge 3 or more other people to participate!
4) (Optional) DONATE!! Please consider a small donation if you are able. Every penny counts! bit.ly/CUREAIDS
5) On World AIDS Day: Monday, December 1st, please change all your social media profile pix to your shower selfie photo and spread the word!!
For more information contact: Jack Mackenroth Jackmax2@gmail.com

Jack Mackenroth
Justin Terry-Smith

Justin's HIV Journal: HIV Equal Campaign (Father and Son Team Up)

Justin's HIV Journal was very happy to help out in the HIV Equal Campaign along side the DC Center and Whitman Walker Health. 

The point of this campaign is to show that YES we ALL have an HIV status...Do you know yours?

HIV Equal is an international multimedia campaign that aims to end HIV stigma and promote HIV testing by creating a social art movement that changes the way people think about HIV and which reopens the national dialogue about HIV.

 My son Lundyn was very proud to participate.  
He knows how important it is for one to know their HIV Status

RuPaul's Drag Race Star APRIL carrión

Scott Nevins from Bravo's The People's Couch were in attendance as well

APRIL carrión and I

Scott Nevins and I



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT: Looking for South African participants for HIV Campaign.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Looking for South African participants for HIV Campaign. They can be HIV negative or positive. Looking for a very diverse group of people of all walks of life and languages. Apply from within (meaning send me a private message on Facebook or to my e-mail jsmithco98@hotmail.com). PLEASE SHARE!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Justin's HIV Journal via thebody.com Ed Barron Is Not HIV Positive, He's a Person Living With AIDS and Complications (video)

Justin's HIV Journal via thebody.com Ed Barron Is Not HIV Positive, He's a Person Living With AIDS and Complications (video)

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