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

End Hep C SF Has Release Estimates—What It Means for New Mexico

The first estimates of active Hepatitis C viral (HCV) infections have been released as part of the End Hep C SF consortium in San Francisco. The estimates, which comprise the first ever estimate of its kind, indicate higher than average HCV in the city overall and identify some expected, some unexpected high-risk populations. Continue reading

New Legislation Safeguards LGBTQ+ Youth from Conversion Therapy

Although gender fluidity is becoming increasingly accepted, our society is still largely heteronormative, meaning heterosexuality is still viewed as the “right” way to be. As a result, some outdated and harmful therapies have been practiced to change an individual’s sexual orientation or expression. But New Mexico’s leaders have stood up to protect LGBTQ+ youth from conversion therapy by signing Senate Bill (SB)-121 into law.

What Is Conversion Therapy?

Conversion therapy is the Continue reading

How Can You Prevent Contracting the Plague in New Mexico?

Most people think that the Black Plague or Bubonic Plague are historical epidemics, but the plague is actually still among us. About half of all cases reported in the United States occur in New Mexico, but it is completely preventable.

What Is the Plague?

The term plague may refer to three separate types of plague, all caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis: Continue reading