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

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

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 As a result, some outdated and harmful therapies have been practiced to change an individual’s sexual orientation or expression.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

The Future of Therapeutic Antibodies

Research to find a cure for HIV/Stage 3 (AIDS) never stops. Current treatments with promising outcomes continue to improve, and new research out of the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates how antibody therapy may be improved for human application and lower cost.

Antibody Therapy at Present

Antibodies are proteins produced by the body in response to a disease-causing agent. They are an essential part of a healthy immune system. Antibody therapy involves isolating antibodies produced to fight a particular pathogen—virus, bacteria, etc.—for delivery into an immunocompromised system, like that of a person with HIV/Stage 3 (AIDS).

The problem with antibody therapy at present is twofold: Continue reading

What You Need to Know about HIV and Aging

HIV attacks the body’s immune system. In young patients with a healthy immune system to start, the body can still fight the virus, preventing opportunistic infections and/or the progression of disease into Stage 3 (AIDS). However, as people age, immune system performance declines. For individuals with HIV, that means evolving treatments to more aggressively keep the disease at bay.

Additional Treatments

Aging HIV patients (typically age 45 and older) often require additional therapies, such as: Continue reading

Why You Need Medical Massage Therapy

Studies have shown that medical massage therapy is a powerful tool for improving health and well-being. In years past, massage was only available in luxury spas and upscale health clubs, making it inaccessible to “regular” people, but today is being offered in a wide range of facilities, including hospitals and organizations like UNM Truman Health Services.

The Benefits of Medical Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is considered a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). When offered with conventional medical HIV treatments, studies show that massage provides relief for: Continue reading

Benefits of Acupuncture as a Complementary Therapy for HIV Patients

Science is still working on developing a cure for HIV – but until the disease can be cured or eradicated, the medical profession is making great strides toward improving the quality of life among HIV+ patients. A big part of that comes from medication to reduce the patient’s viral load, but complementary therapies are extremely important as well.

One treatment that’s proven very effective for many people is Continue reading

There’s No Shame in Asking for Help

And yet, so many people are afraid to seek out counseling or therapy when they find themselves facing genuine crisis in their lives. It’s a stigma against mental illness which has been holding fast for decades, and it’s doing the current population no favors to hold onto it. Nearly 20% of Americans are diagnosed with mental illnesses every year, but less than half of them actually seek professional help. What about those individuals who just need counseling to overcome a stressful point in their lives? What are therapy and counseling, anyway? Does having no diagnosed mental illness make it easier to seek help? Continue reading