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The City of Roswell is now home to UNM’s Truman Health Services Clinic, which provides 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, addressing a need that has existed in the area for some time. According to recent public data, HIV rates in Chaves County alone have increased by 52% over the past 16 years.

Dr. Michelle Iandioro, medical director for UNM Truman Health Services, notes 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 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. The goal of the new facility is to make it easier for people to seek the help they need without having to travel long distances. Dr. Gary Mlady, interim CEO & president of the UNM medical group, highlights 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 to ensure that healthcare services are more accessible throughout the state. This initiative is crucial in addressing the rising rates of STIs and HIV in southeastern New Mexico and providing essential care to those who need it.

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