Roswell Welcomes New Truman Health Services Clinic operated by UNM

UNM’s Truman Health Services Clinic has now opened its doors in Roswell, providing critical HIV and sexual health care to people across southeastern New Mexico. The facility offers primary care, testing, and prevention services for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), addressing a longstanding need in the area.

Recent public data shows that HIV rates in Chaves County alone have increased by an astonishing 52% over the past 16 years. This highlights the urgent need for healthcare services that are more accessible and effective in addressing this issue.

Dr. Michelle Iandioro, medical director for UNM Truman Health Services, emphasizes the importance of addressing disparities in STI and HIV rates across the state, particularly in areas with limited access to healthcare and prevention resources. The new clinic aims to help people know their status, access prevention services, and receive treatment closer to home.

Before the opening of the Truman Health Services Clinic, Roswell only had a mobile unit that visited once a month to provide HIV treatment. This made it difficult for people to seek help without having to travel long distances. The goal of the new facility is to make it easier for people to access essential healthcare services without having to travel great distances.

Dr. Gary Mlady, interim CEO & president of the UNM medical group, stresses the importance of expanding healthcare access to all New Mexicans, regardless of their location. With the new clinic in Roswell and the center for telehealth, UNM is taking steps towards making healthcare more accessible throughout the state. This initiative is crucial in addressing rising rates of STIs and HIV in southeastern New Mexico and providing essential care to those who need it most.

The opening of this clinic represents a significant step forward towards improving healthcare access and outcomes for residents of southeastern New Mexico.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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