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.

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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.
 

Getting Your Lab Results Just Got Easier

September 28, 2016

We understand that getting your lab results can be an emotional event, but we’re pleased that you are taking these important steps for your health care by getting these preventive exams. On August 15, 2016, we implemented some changes to make getting your lab results a little easier.

With our new process your provider sends your results via an automated process as they are available. Once received, we send you a letter to communicate the overall interpretation of your labs. Please note, this letter will not include the details of your lab results; it will include the general results and whether or not you need to come in to see your doctor.

If you’d like to see the details of your lab results, you can access this information through our MyAltaMed Patient Portal. If you don’t have an account, please call (888) 499-9303 and an AltaMed representative can help you create an account.

“I’m pleased to hear that our patients are happy to get their results on a more timely basis and without having to come into the clinic. This saves them time and puts them at ease,” shares Dr. Felix Carpio, Medical Director of Clinical Informatics. 

At AltaMed, we want to make sure our patients are well, and we’re glad to be your partner in preventing illness and keeping you healthy.