The most effective treatment in suppressing viral load is antiretroviral therapy (ART). However, some ART drugs can cause uncomfortable side effects, and living with HIV can take its toll on an individual’s social, emotional and mental well-being. Complementary therapies can effectively address the side effects or consequences of living with HIV and active HIV treatment. UNM Truman Health Services offers a number of complementary therapies, including therapeutic massage.
Understanding Therapeutic Massage
Therapeutic massage is the systematic manipulation of soft tissues (skin, muscles and connective tissues) using various levels of pressure, strokes and other techniques. Therapeutic massage may be applied to the entire body or focus on specific areas where tension is causing pain and/or contributing to compensatory movements that are pulling (or may pull) the body out of natural alignment.
The practice of therapeutic massage is regulated by the state health board, and to get the Continue reading
In the 30+ years since the HIV/AIDS virus was identified, incredible scientific advances have led to the development of drugs that effectively prevent viral progression, allowing people living with HIV to enjoy longer, healthier lives. With viral suppression nearly mastered, the focus in HIV/AIDS research turns to complete eradication of the virus from an infected body. While some research groups work to develop a vaccine, others seek to destroy Continue reading
If you are newly diagnosed with HIV, you may be wondering about your treatment options. You may already know that antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the most effective treatment protocol in terms of suppressing viral load. However, there are complementary treatment options that may relieve unpleasant side effects of ART (if any) and enhance your physical, mental and emotional health.
Antiretroviral therapy typically involves a combination of two or three separate antiretroviral medications. Each medication included in a person’s ART regimen inhibits viral replication at a different stage to effectively reduce the viral load.
Statistics about ART
To date, antiretroviral therapy is the most effective means by which to suppress viral load and Continue reading
Human papillomavirus, also called HPV, is a common STI, with over 3 million animal cases seen by doctors. This viral infection leads to the formation of genital warts, which can affect both men and women.
More disconcertingly, HPV has also been linked to an increased cancer risk. As a leading cause of cervical cancer, HPV is a big issue on the radar of Continue reading
Not every trans+ person chooses to seek medical assistance for transitioning – but some who wish to pursue hormone replacement and gender reassignment surgery are held back from pursuing treatment due to financial reasons.
Fortunately, changes in Continue reading
With over 700,000 transgender people in the United States alone, there’s an increasing demand for health care coverage that addresses specific needs such as hormone therapy. Medical care is expensive enough, even with the Affordable Care Act, that it can be impossible for people to get certain procedures without insurance coverage.
The transgender community faces higher rates of poverty than cisgender people, which makes something like hormone replacement therapy prohibitively expensive even at $30 a month. For individuals suffering severe body dysphoria, surgical intervention can quite literally save lives, preventing suicide. But is there a way to cover the cost of these procedures? Continue reading
If you’re looking to bolster your viewing from last month’s recommendations—our LGBT cinema list—we have new viewing for you to enjoy. Books, music and movies are all part of popular culture, but television is one of the most common things to share. Here’s a few wonderful ideas for your next weekend of relaxing! Continue reading
In 1982, the severe immune deficiency amongst gay men was called “gay-related immune deficiency” or GRID. It was renamed in September of that year by the CDC to AIDS. As the disease was studied, multiple stages of infection were identified, and medical professionals were able to use those to help people understand what was happening to their bodies and why. Now, however, the term “AIDS” is being replaced with Stage 3 (AIDS). Why?
When HIV was first identified and was being studied, there was Continue reading
HIV itself doesn’t cause allergies, nor does it cause physical illness. What it does is destroy white blood cells that typically fight infection. With allergy season reaching full swing, it’s time to talk to your doctor about preventing respiratory infections and what Continue reading
Last month, we gave some reading recommendations for book lovers seeking LGBT-friendly titles to add to their bookshelves. This month, we’d like to turn our attention to the silver screen, with a few Continue reading