Roswell Welcomes New Truman Health Services Clinic operated by UNM

UNM’s Truman Health Services Clinic has recently opened in the City of Roswell, providing much-needed 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.

According to recent public data, HIV rates in Chaves County alone have increased by 52% over the past 16 years. This highlights the urgent need for accessible healthcare services in the region. Dr. Michelle Iandioro, medical director for UNM Truman Health Services, notes that disparities in STI and HIV rates exist across the state, particularly in areas with limited access to healthcare and prevention resources. The new clinic aims to address these issues by helping 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 care without having to travel far from home. Dr. Gary Mlady, interim CEO & president of the UNM medical group, emphasizes the importance of expanding healthcare access throughout New Mexico, regardless of location.

In addition to providing healthcare services in Roswell, UNM is also taking steps to make telehealth more accessible throughout the state through its center for telehealth. This initiative is crucial in addressing rising rates of STIs and HIV in southeastern New Mexico and ensuring that essential care reaches those who need it most.

Overall, UNM’s Truman Health Services Clinic is an important step towards improving healthcare accessibility throughout New Mexico and addressing longstanding health disparities in southeastern New Mexico.

By Samantha Johnson

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