Justin's HIV Journal

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Just*in Time HIV Advice Column: Why tailored outreach is important in #HIV education #gaymenofcolor #JustinBTerrySmith


Justin -
This is in response to the expected HIV infections in the Black Gay population that I saw in one of your posts.  It cited stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fifty percent Black men will [likely] test positive as will thirty percent of Hispancis.  My question is:  Are we doing the right outreach in light of this prediction and, if not, what should we be doing?
- Bob Doyle

To see Justin B Terry-Smith' answer to Bob's question click on the link below

http://www.aumag.org/2016/04/27/justin-time-april-2016/
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Friday, February 26, 2016

We should NOT stigmatize people who choose to utilize #PrEP


Justin B Terry-Smith's explains in his HIV advice column Just*in Time in A&U: America's AIDS Magazine​ why We should NOT stigmatize people who choose to utilize #PrEP.


Question:

Justin—
We have been friends (on Facebook) for a while and we met [as fellow members of] the leather community when you were Mr. Maryland Leather 2010. However, I would appreciate it if you keep my identity secret, seeing as how we are both well known in the leather community as well.
Well, I noticed that there is a spike in syphilis cases among gay men, especially in the leather community. Do you think that has anything to do with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)? My next question is about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). In your opinion do you think that PEP gives people permission to have sex with others and then go get the pill the next morning?
—Old Guard Leather DADDY
Click the link below to see how Justin answered this reader's question:
http://www.aumag.org/2016/02/26/justin-time-february-2016/

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Man on PrEP is infected with HIV


For the first time Scientist have now seen its first case of an individual contracting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) while being compliant with taking Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) daily.  The HIV strain that they were exposed to is supposedly a multi-drug resistant strain.  In other words, the strain of HIV that the person who was taking PrEP, is resistant to many levels of HIV medications.  So this doesn’t surprise me because the strain is HIV drug resistant because PrEP is 92% effective in preventing HIV transmission, so it isn’t 100% but neither is using a condom.  

Unfortunately, the only thing that is 100% effective is abstinence and that is farfetched to try to even preach that message.  PrEP has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since July 16, 2012.  I would say 4 years of no HIV infections for those that are compliant with taking PrEP is a huge step for public health in eradicating the threat of HIV transmission. 

A 43-year-old man who has sex with men (MSM) who had been taking PrEP 24 months before his HIV test provided a positive result.  The researchers gave him a blood spot test in order to determine whether or not he had stayed compliant to PrEP, which it was inferred that the patient was compliant.  Test also concluded that his HIV medication resistant strain that he was infected by was indeed from only 1 person and not because of mutation of another strain of HIV after transmission.  The patient is now being put on Tivicay (dolutegravir), Prezcobix (darunavir/cobicistat), and Edurant (rilpivirine), and continues to have an undetectable viral load. 

Prep (Truvada) is made up of two medications tenofovir and emtricitabine.  In the world right now if someone is infected with HIV they usually either have resistance to tenofovir or emtricitabine.  But they usually almost never have resistance to both tenofovir and emtricitabine at the same time. 

The data was made public knowledge at the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston by HIV Specialist Dr. David Knox

HIV Smart Campaign




Justin B Terry-Smith Justin's HIV Journal
Ryan Colford Founder and President 
I was on Facebook when I first heard of and saw the HIV Smart Campaign and became very curious about what was its meaning.  As many HIV campaigns have become a part of social media this HIV campaign is the first of its kind that I’ve seen since PrEP was created.  I attended photoshoots in Baltimore and in Washington DC, both with good turn outs.  The pictures are meant to be shared on all social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  This campaign raises awareness on how we mentally see people with HIV and HIV itself.  While the mission is that people think smarter (hence the glasses) about HIV, it reduces HIV stigma at the same time.  It also makes not only the target population of gay men and MSM but the general population think about the benefits of PrEP and PEP.  Working with photographer Ryan Colford was amazing and he is amazing. 

HIV Smart was created by founder and President Ryan Colford, “to dispel ignorance because of all the disinformation still being circulated to the public in an age of technology. Real facts need to be known, and should be shared.”

For more information, please visit the HIV Smart Website: http://hivsmart.org/
To donate to the HIV Smart Campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/hivsmart

HIV Smart is a newly developed nonprofit organization that focuses on education about preventative methods (PrEP/PEP), education about risk behaviors, advocating HIV testing and the importance of knowing your status. HIV Smart also creates awareness about the serious link between people living with HIV and depression, and last but definitely not least, places an emphasis on fighting stigma.

The heart of HIV Smart campaign is a social media photo campaign. We encourage everyone to use their pictures across all forms of social media from Facebook to Instagram to Twitter. The recognizable imagery will help to raise awareness through increased visibility and foster real intelligent conversations relaying true facts and dispelling myths. These conversations will cover the challenges associated with the virus and stress the importance of treating all people with dignity and compassion.
Justin B Terry-Smith
Mr Maryland Leather 2010
Our goals are to create multiple photo events in each of the 50 states with a large focus on the top 5 states with the highest transmission rates (New York, Florida, California, Georgia, and Texas). We hope that each photo event will help educate everyone regardless of status, create more public awareness that it’s only disease, and reinforce that shame of any sort should never be associated with HIV.  He developed the idea of forming the organization, corresponding website, and blending it with his talents as a photographer by adding a social media photo campaign.


In Washington DC the HIV Smart Campaign was hosted by            Mr. DC Eagle 2016


In New York the HIV Smart Campaign was hosted by            Mr. New York Eagle 2016
In Baltimore the HIV Smart Campaign was hosted by                Mr. Maryland Leather 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Justin & Phil Adopt 2nd Son and 1st Son moves Out!!



Being HIV positive I near thought I would have any children at all.  We adopted another son when he was 17. I can’t believe I couldn’t mention before but I believe it was because of legalities.  But he is ours.  He just turned 18 and wants to learn how to drive.  He had made friends with our other son when they went to high school together.  Well his name is Tavis and he found his way to our house one day with bags in hand.  We took to him immediately and welcomed him with open arms into our family.  He is gay just like our first son.  Speaking of our first son he has flown the coup and is now making a way for himself in the real world.  It felt like just yesterday I was getting calls every day from his high school, BUT we nipped that in the bud fairly quickly.  He matured has a boyfriend and is making his way in the world.  All I can do is hope he becomes a good man, which I’m positive he will.  BUT I will say this no two is enough.  My husband and I have decided that we are getting our tubes tides and that’s that.  LOL Anyways we are a happy family and things are going well.  LOVE YOU GUYS and COMMENT DOWN BELOW. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Justin Goes to Puerto Rico (Walden University Residency)


One of my favorite places as of right now is Puerto Rico.  I was there because I am currently in school for my Doctorate in Public Health at Walden University.  I had a choice between Puerto Rico or Tampa.  Of course I choose Puerto Rico.  I took my husband Philip and left the kids at home.  We need some time for a vacation.  Honestly when I was diagnosed with HIV I didn’t expect to live this long or be in school for a Doctoral degree and I have one more year left.  My husband has really been my rock and inspiration. 

We stayed in a cute hotel named the Coral Princess, not far from the Beach in Condado (Santurce).  Condado (Santurce) is a great place.  It has the population of a little over 6,000 and has a big gay community It was just an amazing beautiful area.  We also went Boquerón, Cabo Rojo which was amazing.  Boquerón is a beach village located in the city of Cabo Rojo.  The village is one of the main tourist attractions in the southwestern part of the island, which has an awesome gay community.  The population there is about 5,000.  We saw the salt beaches there and walked along the beach.  We then went to Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Viejo San Juan or Old San Juan it was so festive and beautiful.  One of my favorite places was El Yunque National Forest.  It was my first time being in a Rain Forest it was absolutely a wondrous time, I felt like a little boy in a candy store.  When then stayed at the Sheraton in San Juan at the end of our trip.


HIV should not dictate where you can’t go but you can let it take you to places you’ve never been.  I was so distraught 10 years ago when I was diagnosed, but I turned around and got back on my feet.  I now I know that I can still go places I can still enjoy life.  

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted its ban on blood donations from gay men





The Food and Drug Administration has lifted its ban on blood donations from gay men.  The ban has been in place for 32 years.  So yeah we can give blood now.  Thank you to the FDA.  BUT there is a stipulation.  To give blood to the FDA you must be abstinent for one year prior to giving blood.  Hmmmmmmmm no sex for a year……nope sorry not me.  The abstinent rule is also in place in countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia.  The ban was put into place during the early years of the AIDS crisis.  With medicine and science making strides activist and medical group see the ban as unjustifiable.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Actor Charlie Sheen is HIV Positive


Charlie Sheen announced he is HIV positive.  During the interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” shows, saying that he wanted to put a stop “to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks.”

He had paid millions to keep people quiet and has faced lawsuits from previous partners.  Sheen said that he will not be paying anyone any more money after today because he has disclosed publically.  The news had already received this story the day before his disclosure. 
The 50 year old actor admits to hiring prostitutes and extensive drug use, which was made public by tabloids and newspapers. 

This story proves that HIV is not a gay or black issue.  HIV is a global public health issue.  By disclosing on his own I hope this gives him empowerment and inspiration to help others in the future with their HIV diagnosis.  Currently Sheen is on a four pill a day HIV medication regimen and is currently undetectable. 

When asked whether he would stop drinking, Mr. Sheen said that “perhaps the freedom of today may lead to that as well.”


My hopes for Sheen is that he lives a long healthy life and to let him know that now you are a part of community that can empower you to be the best Charlie Sheen you can be.  I back Charlie Sheen.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Who's the Boss? star Danny Pintauro, comes out as HIV positive






On the Oprah: Where Are The Now? 39 years old former child star of the show Who's the Boss? Danny Pintauro, came out this past weekend as HIV positive.  It turns out that Pintauro has been living with HIV for 12 years.  One the show Who’s the Boss?  Pintauro played the role of Johnathan.  When Pintauro was 17 he came out as gay while attending Stanford University.  A tabloid forced him to come out because they were going to run with the story about his sexuality whether he liked it or not.  Pintauro stated this about the forced outing, "I missed the opportunity to be a beacon of light for gay kids who were going through what I was going through because I was outed; it wasn't by choice,”  This time Pintauro is coming out as HIV positive and wanted to do it when he was ready.  When learning about his HIV status Pintauro said this, "You've spent so much time terrified that you're going to get it," he says, "and then you have it, and you don't have to be terrified anymore."
Pintauro is now happily married to Wil Tabares. The couple married in 2014.
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