Southwest CARE Center was founded by Trevor Hawkins, MD on April 1, 1996. We provide state-of-the-art medical and primary care to HIV positive individuals in Northern New Mexico. We have a team of highly trained HIV specialists comprised of our Medical Director, Trevor Hawkins MD, and Michael Palestine MD, Erika Benson, an FNP women's health services, and 5 nurses with extensive HIV experience. The medical staff routinely participates in continuing education programs to ensure that we continue to provide exemplary HIV care for our clients. Medical services are provided in the context of a Multi-Disciplinary model that offers education, information and support to clients who face complex decisions in the ever-changing field of HIV/AIDS care. The Medical staff is an integral part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) that is also comprised of Social Workers and Case Managers.
Southwest CARE Center providers have access to the most sophisticated HIV combination drug therapies available. HIV Viral load and CD4 counts are monitored regularly. Additional treatment options are made available to clients through access to Southwest CARE Center's extensive Research program. Currently, the majority of medical clients are on combination therapies and in those who take HIV treatments, we are able to successfully suppress the HIV Viral load in more than 80% of patients. Medical services may include:
Comprehensive monitoring and management of HIV and HIV-associated conditions.
Access to cutting-edge treatments and clinical trials.
Comprehensive management of Primary care issues.
Appropriate screening, prophylaxis and/or management of HIV associated opportunistic infections.
Personalized Care Plans and HIV education for clients, their partners and families. Personalized Risk Reduction education plans. Personalized Treatment education plans.
Immunization for prevention of infectious diseases.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Routine gynecological care for women.
Screening, diagnosis, and referral for treatment of Tuberculosis.
Referral to medical sub-specialties and complementary therapies.
On-call emergency access to medical staff outside office hours.
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