There is no cure for HIV, but UNM Health System can help you protect yourself with prevention strategies and services. Our Albuquerque based prevention counselors will help you make healthy choices to minimize your exposure to HIV.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends HIV screening for everyone ages 15 to 65 years old, especially all pregnant women. The CDC recommends annual testing, but individuals with increased risk factors should get tested more frequently. This group includes adolescent and adult men who have sex with other men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, anyone who has recently or presently has an STI, and anyone who has had unprotected sex.
In addition to preventative testing, we offer free condoms at UNM Truman Health Services.
We believe education is fundamental to HIV awareness. Albuquerque Pride named us the OUTstanding Medical Partner from 2013-2016 and 2018, and we maintain a strong LGBTQ+ community presence to help educate our community and raise HIV awareness. We provide awareness and prevention presentations upon request.
Our goal is to not only provide preventive education, but to also answer any questions you may have about HIV treatment. Our medical professionals are sensitive to the unique needs of people living with HIV and are committed to giving you the support you need to understand the virus.
We are committed to connecting our patients with the community support they need. Our wellness programs for HIV care include support groups, smoking cessation help, nutrition and other education groups.
Keys to Living a Healthy Life with HIV
An HIV-positive diagnosis is an opportunity to practice self-care and make healthy choices. At UNM Truman Health Services, our patients have access to a broad range of services to help them live a happy, healthy life with HIV.
- Medical Care - After HIV is detected, it is essential to start treatment immediately. We help you effectively control the progression of HIV with high quality medical care. Our doctors specialize in HIV-related care and can recommend the best treatment options.
- Medication Management - It is very important to take your HIV medications at the same time every day. Our case managers can help you find an effective routine as well as the right balance of medications. If you are having side effects, your case manager can help you resolve any discomfort.
- Behavioral Health - Emotional support is crucial for individuals with HIV. Our patients have access to a comprehensive range of behavioral health care, including counseling and psychiatrists.
- Complementary Care - Studies have shown that complementary care such as acupuncture, chiropractic care and massage can help improve the overall health and well-being of individuals living with HIV.
- Support Groups - We can connect you to a number of groups that offer emotional support and comfort while living with HIV, including numerous onsite meetings.
- Healthy Nutrition - Eating healthy is extremely important for people living with HIV, as they are more prone to nutritional deficiencies. We have a staff nutritionist to help you make healthy eating choices within your budget.
- Protecting Others from HIV Infection - We are your sexual health resource for preventing HIV infection, and we provide free condoms at the front desk.