Immigration Policies and HIV/AIDS: The Connection

Even in a “border town” like Albuquerque, New Mexico, many people are not aware of the nuances of immigration policy and how it affects people with an HIV+ diagnosis trying to enter this country or how nations abroad treat Americans with an HIV+ diagnosis. While American immigration policy has largely removed HIV status as a factor for permission to live or work within our borders, it can still affect residency. Continue reading

Underage and HIV Positive

Anyone who suspects they may have contracted HIV is undoubtedly under stress. However, it may feel even worse for someone who is under 18 because in addition to the fear of diagnosis, there is a fear of parents’ or guardians’ reactions. At UNM Truman Health Services, you can lay at least one of those fears aside. We provide confidential HIV screening and counseling to minors.

When Confidentiality Applies to Minors

Many medical services for people under 18 are not confidential. Some clinics may have policies that require Continue reading

What Is the Current Status of HIV?

According to the most recent statistics at www.aids.gov, 36.7 million people worldwide live with HIV/Stage 3 (AIDS). In the US, more than 1.2 million people are infected, but approximately one out of every eight people (approximately 13%) are unaware of their infection.

Incidence of Diagnosis

The fall in new HIV diagnoses over the last decade indicates that Continue reading

HIV+ and Pregnant

It is a common experience to feel like life stops when you receive a positive HIV diagnosis. But that feeling eventually passes, and you realize you can—and should—continue to live your life to the fullest. For women, that may include having children. With proper prenatal care, it is possible to safely carry a baby to term and deliver a child without passing on the virus.

HIV Medications during Pregnancy

If you become pregnant, Continue reading

UNM Truman Faculty: Taking Care of You the Way You Deserve

There is a reason that UNM Truman Health Services is such an integral part of Albuquerque’s medical community—we provide care for those with HIV and Stage 3 (AIDS) with the dignity and compassion they deserve.

Assessing Your HIV Status

UNM Truman Health Services offers a rapid HIV test to determine your status. Our practitioners are experienced in Continue reading

How to Cope with an HIV-Positive Diagnosis

If you have recently received the dreaded HIV-positive diagnosis, you may have noticed that the world really didn’t come to a grinding halt. Although you may be caught up in a maelstrom of emotions and wish the world would stop, life goes on…and UNM Truman Health Services offers the support you need to continue to live a happy, fulfilling life. Continue reading

Why Are HIV Rates Increasing in Some Rural Communities?

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Across the country, there’s been a lot of good news in the fight to stop HIV. Treatment as prevention methods, like PrEP, have helped to stall the spread of infection, and greater education and community outreach has aided in the reduction of cases. There have also been impressive advances in the way HIV symptoms are managed and treated, allowing for better quality of life for HIV-positive people.

However, we have a long journey ahead of us before a cure is found or the disease is eradicated – and in some pockets of the country, HIV infection is actually Continue reading

Why Do Trans* Women Have High Rates of HIV?

The fastest-growing population of HIV+ individuals are transgender women – that is, women who were born male or intersex individuals who identify as women. But why is that the case, and what can be done about it?GettyImages-479359364

How Common is HIV in the Trans Community?

First, it’s important to understand that data collection can be a challenge. Due to the relative invisibility of the trans* community until quite recently, many transgender women were previously Continue reading