LGBTQ+ October Events

October is full of events for the LGBTQ+ community in the greater Albuquerque area, and much of the fun extends into the winter holiday season.

This month, Albuquerque will host:

 

Noche Extravaganza (National Latino AIDS Awareness Day)
October 6
National Hispanic Cultural Center

Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
October 13-22
Guild Theater
3405 Central Avenue
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Complementary Treatments to Antiretrovial Therapy

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.

Understanding ART

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

How to Maintain a Healthy Body with HIV

Advances in HIV treatment now make it possible for people living with HIV to live a full life. Maintaining physical and mental health is essential to making the most of your life—with or without HIV.

How to Keep Your Body Healthy – The Basics

What people living with HIV need to maintain their physical health is no different than what is required for someone without HIV:

Balanced diet
A balanced diet is one that mostly consists of vegetables and fruits, whole grains and lean meats. Sugar, salt and fat should be consumed sparingly.

Your doctor may have more specific dietary recommendations to ensure that you consume enough calories to sustain a healthy weight and get additional nutrients that can boost immune function to ward off opportunistic infections, especially Continue reading

New Studies around the World for HIV Cure

The search for a cure for HIV is an ongoing endeavor, and a global one. New research into viral reservoirs led by Arhaus University Hospital in Denmark is a multi-national effort to explore if drugs already available for HIV treatment can be used in new ways to achieve remission without life-long antiviral/antiretroviral treatment. Continue reading

Reasons to Keep Up with LGBTQ+ Entertainment

It’s a human phenomenon that we tend to express interest in what is already familiar. Unfortunately, that leaves a lot of life and experiences outside our “box.” Even if you are not a member of the LGBTQ+ community, there are a lot of great reasons why you should keep up with the goings-on in the LGBTQ+ entertainment world.

See Realistic Representations of LGBTQ+ Life

If you and no one you know is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, it’s likely that Continue reading

Treatment Protocols for Newborns of Mothers Living with HIV

Development in HIV treatments allow individuals living with HIV to live normal, healthy lives, and for many women, that includes carrying and delivering a child. However, when a woman is living with HIV, there are risks that the virus may be vertically transmitted to the baby. Treatment protocols have been developed to minimize the risk of virus transmission to newborns. Continue reading

How to Deal with Fluid Gender Identity

Society is evolving, and with it, our ideas about gender identity. But for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, perhaps this evolution and acceptance is coming too slowly. Dated ideas about gender identity still make it difficult for many people—young and not-so-young—to explore questions about their gender and/or express gender identities that do not conform to mainstream society’s expectations.

UNM Truman Health Services is always a safe place to explore gender identity and gender relations, and we offer some information that may make the journey a little easier. Continue reading

Treating HIV Is Not Just Physical

When someone contracts HIV, it’s not just their body that suffers. The whole person suffers.

There’s a psychological and emotional side to life with HIV that many people overlook…but not UNM Truman Health Services. We offer comprehensive care for people living with HIV.

Caring for Your Physical Health

UNM Truman Health Services’ comprehensive HIV care does include physical health services. In addition to testing and treatment, we also provide: Continue reading

HIV Is Not the End—Lessons from Two Pro Athletes

Receiving an HIV+ diagnosis is not good news, but it’s not the death sentence it’s often made out to be. People with HIV are living full, active lives and reaching normal life expectancies. Take Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Greg Louganis, for example. Not only did an HIV+ diagnosis not stop them from being world-class competitive athletes, it also didn’t stop them from pursuing other interests and talents. And for both of them, their HIV status spurred them on to become renowned activists for HIV awareness, prevention and care. Continue reading