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COMPULSIVE PRACTICE: Justin B Terry-Smith

​“I don’t know how educated you are on these subjects of HIV. I don’t want you to be afraid of me. You can hug me, you can kiss me, you can be around me without getting HIV. There are certain things about HIV that I don’t know if you do know, I don’t know if they teach it in class. But know that I love you, very, very much.”
– Justin B. Terry-Smith, in Justin’s HIV Journal: Justin’s Little Brother’s Find Out About His HIV Status via MYSPACE, 2009

Justin B. Terry-Smith, M.P.H., is a noted HIV and gay civil rights activist and the creator of “Justin’s HIV Journal,” a popular blog in which he shares his trials and tribulations of living with HIV. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Justin resides in Laurel, Maryland, with his husband, Dr. Philip Terry-Smith, and their sons, Lundyn and Tavis. Presently, Justin is working toward earning his doctorate in public health. See more of “Justin’s HIV Journal” at justinbsmith.com.

Justin B. Terry-Smith, Justin’s HIV Journal: I have HIV First Entry, 2008
Justin B. Terry-Smith, Justin’s HIV Journal: Justin After the HIV Meds 2 Months Later, 2008
Justin B. Terry-Smith, Justin’s HIV Journal: Justin’s Little Brother’s Find Out About His HIV Status via MYSPACE, 2009
Justin B. Terry-Smith, Justin’s HIV Journal: Justin and husband Phil ADOPT son, 2014


​COMPULSIVE PRACTICE is a video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS.

Featuring Juanita Mohammed, Ray Navarro (1964–1990), Nelson Sullivan (1948–1989), the Southern AIDS Living Quilt, James Wentzy, Carol Leigh aka Scarlot Harlot, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mark S. King, and Justin B. Terry-Smith.

Curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz, and Hugh Ryan for Visual AIDS.