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Status Of The State: Efforts to Address the Spread of HIV in New Mexico

Native American health leaders and advocates met this week in Albuquerque to talk about HIV and AIDS in Native communities. The Circle of Harmony conference incorporates the latest health information and culturally relevant conversations about how to address the epidemic in Native communities.

Health educators, doctors and other medical professionals will also gather in Albuquerque next week for the annual New Mexico HIV update.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, over 3,000 people in New Mexico are infected with HIV or AIDS.

NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus sat down this week with a group of local professionals to talk about new cases of HIV infection in New Mexico and what programs are proving effective in addressing the spread of the disease in communities across the state.

Martin Walker, Director of HIV Prevention for Planned Parenthood of New Mexico
Ayn Whyte, STD HIV/AIDS Program Manager for the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board
Dr. Bruce Williams, Medical Director of UNM’s Truman Health Services center>