AltaMed Releases Season 3 of Sin Vergüenza in Honor of World AIDS Day

December 04, 2017

In honor of World AIDS Day, AltaMed has produced a third season of the award-winning telenovela, “Sin Vergüenza!” Season 3 is a dramatic four-episode bilingual series that takes viewers through the life of the Salazars, a fictional Mexican-American family, dealing with an HIV diagnosis.

This series was introduced in 2015 to reduce the stigma and shame of HIV while increasing awareness of the importance of HIV testing and treatment. Although the series addresses issues that may be difficult for families to face, it demonstrates that there is hope to overcoming these challenges through the unconditional love and support of family.

Season 3 is currently available on AltaMed’s website and YouTube channel. To learn more about “Sin Vergüenza” or AltaMed, visit www.altamed.org/svseries.

Know the Facts

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AltaMed has provided quality HIV and AIDS health care to Southern California communities for more than 20 years. Our primary care clinics are staffed by teams of highly-skilled professionals in the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS. We offer a variety of free and confidential options for you to get tested and learn your status, including walk-in hours at multiple locations, scheduled appointments, and HIV testing mobile units at community events and nightclubs in Los Angeles. Visit www.altamed.org/hivaids-care for more information.

 

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HIV/AIDS Awareness

December 01, 2016

The AIDS epidemic may no longer be in the news as much as it used to, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide, with more than 35 million people living with HIV across the globe; 2 million dying each year, and 270,000 being children. 

These devastating numbers are why December is designated AIDS Awareness Month. Besides showing support for those living with HIV, and remembering those who have passed, organizations dedicated to the cause spend this month reminding the world that HIV has not been cured. Raising awareness, improving education and fighting stigma are still part of the battle. 

In the U.S., more than 1 million Americans live with HIV, and 1 in 5 are unaware. It is everyone’s responsibility to get tested and know the results, and to encourage loved ones to do the same. The more people work to raise awareness, the closer the nation is to an AIDS-free generation. 

As a leader in California health care, AltaMed offers simple, confidential and private HIV and STDs testing at many service locations. In fact, AltaMed uses the HIV Rapid Test, which lets people find out their results in just 20 minutes. Anyone can make an appointment, walk into one of the AltaMed locations or visit a mobile testing unit, which travels throughout Los Angeles. 

On AltaMed.org, people can also find many educational resources about the HIV and AIDS health care services AltaMed offers, including specialty care, case management, treatment, prevention programs and one-on-one counseling. AltaMed has a team of highly skilled experts ready to provide everyone with quality care without exception. 

AltaMed can answer questions about its HIV/AIDS services at (888)-455-5540 and has many helpful resources on AltaMed.org/hiv. 

It’s time to show solidarity by wearing a red ribbon, and making an effort to learn more and help educate family and friends about the real facts about HIV and AIDS.
 

Get Educated for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

September 28, 2017

Created by the Latino Commission on AIDS, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on October 15 to increase HIV/AIDS awareness within the Latino population. With Latinos being three times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than non-Hispanic whites, AltaMed would like to help educate our communities and continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection within your body. Additionally, it’s likely that HIV can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The human body can’t get rid of HIV completely even with treatment, so this virus stays with you for the rest of your life. However, HIV can be controlled with the right medication or treatment.

What Can You Do?

  • Learn the Facts: Make sure you’re educated on HIV/AIDS and be sure to share any life-saving information with your friends and family.
     
  • Get tested: Testing is the only way to know your HIV status. At AltaMed, getting tested for HIV is a simple, confidential and private process offered at all of our HIV services locations. We use the HIV Rapid Test at specific locations, which means you can find out your results in just 20 minutes. You have the option to make an appointment, walk into one of our clinics, or visit our mobile testing unit, which travels throughout Los Angeles.
     
  • Protect yourself and partner: You and your partner can do plenty of things to ensure you are safe, including: using condoms while having sex, limiting your number of sexual partners and speaking with your doctor about prevention medication if you are at high risk.
     
  • Get medical care if you need: If you have HIV, see your doctor and start treatment immediately. You can begin antiretroviral therapy (ART), which can reduce the amount of HIV you have in your body.

On our website, you can find educational resources about the HIV and AIDS health care services we offer, including specialty care, case management, treatment, prevention programs, one-on-one counseling, and more. For more information or if you have questions, feel free to give us a call at (323) 869-5448, or to visit our site click here.