Local activist and blogger Justin B. Terry Smith is sharing his experience as a foster parent. He and his partner are foster parents of an LGBT teenager.
Justin writes on his blog "Back in 2006 I was diagnosed with HIV and I cried about it at first. People of course think when they are being diagnosed with HIV is that their first thought is that they are going to die, NOT I. I very first thought that made me cry was that I wasn't going to be able to have any children. At the time I didn't know about sperm cleansing at all. I felt like I was damaged goods and I thought I would never have the feeling of being a good father. With the feelings that came with my HIV diagnosis, also went the feelings that I would ever hear anyone call me Dad. After my diagnosis the idea of being a father just went away because I didn't feel like I could ever do it while being HIV positive."
Follow Justin's story about being a foster parent on his blog, Justin's HIV Journal.