UNM Truman Health Services is known for the medical care we provide individuals with HIV and the wrap-around services available to them, like behavioral health and complementary therapies. But many people do not realize that we provide a number of resources for the entire Albuquerque community, too. Take a brief tour of what we provide:
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UNM Truman Health Services offers fast and confidential HIV testing, the importance of which cannot be understated. HIV testing is the first step to getting the care or counseling you need to take care of your physical, emotional and sexual health.
Testing Gives You Peace of Mind
Some people who suspect they may have contracted HIV may put off knowing, as if not knowing will prevent them from experiencing any symptoms. But in regards to HIV, ignorance is not bliss. Obviously, not knowing your HIV status does not prevent the virus from replicating and the disease from progressing. Worse yet, the not-knowing increases emotional and physiological stress.
Testing Helps Find the Right Treatment
HIV is a virus, much like the common cold or flu. If you suspect you have a cold or flu, you can treat yourself accordingly without risk that cold/flu remedies will hurt you if you do not, in fact, have one of those viruses. HIV treatment doesn’t work like that.
HIV treatments, i.e., ART, cannot be safely administered to someone who is not living with HIV. Because these treatments are medically regulated—you need a prescription and consistent monitoring for them—there must be a definitive HIV diagnosis before you have access to HIV drugs. And having access is imperative. Establishing an ART regimen as early as possible in the disease process has been shown to increase your chances for positive health outcomes, including a normal life expectancy.
If You Are Afraid of Testing
If you are putting off getting tested for HIV because you are afraid of what the results may say, you’re not alone. But rather than put your health at risk, visit UNM Truman Health Services. We respect your confidentiality regardless of your age. We also offer counseling and education to help you cope with your diagnosis and increase your adherence to safe sex practices.
For rapid HIV testing, you may either contact us to schedule an appointment or walk into our clinic during walk-in testing hours, Tuesdays from 8 am to noon and Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
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An HIV+ diagnosis may come as a shock, and learning to live with the virus can take some adjustment. In addition to healthcare protocols and precautions, you will also face the challenge of talking about your diagnosis. While disclosing that you are HIV+ may be uncomfortable, it is necessary in order to get the best possible healthcare and protect your sexual partner(s) from possible exposure. Continue reading
The understanding and prognosis of individuals with HIV have come a long way since AIDS first appeared on the public radar in 1981. In more than 30 years, scientists and doctors have found and named the virus that leads to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) as well as rapid testing methods, effective retroviral treatments and prevention strategies.
A Look Back to the Early Years of AIDS
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Many of today’s youth are already starting to view gender and sexuality as a continuum—people are not simply a man or a woman, homosexual or heterosexuality. There is much more fluidity and flexibility in sexual expression and partner choice. But that’s the next generation. Many adults today, including those in high-risk populations, are still plagued by rigid gender norms and behavioral expectations, and when compounded by cultural identities, the stigma of being “other” or “infected” keeps many people from seeking the testing and treatment that could be the difference between a relatively normal life and a significantly shorter one full of suffering.
The Roots of Stigma
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If the question “Should I get tested?” ever crosses your mind, then the answer is Yes! Early HIV testing can give you peace of mind or start you on the path to early intervention for more successful treatment outcomes.
Rapid HIV Testing
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UNM Truman Health Services provides a higher level of service to help you get and stay healthy. We have a unique staff of medical care providers and social service coordinators to ensure that individuals with HIV/Stage 3 (AIDS) get the most advanced treatment and the benefits of a supportive community, regardless of ability to pay.
What We Offer
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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
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