Prism Health North Texas

Why Walk to End AIDS?

Posted on:06 - 07 - 2018 Posted in:

When I tell people for the first time that I work for healthcare non-profit providing care for North Texans with HIV and AIDS, the reaction from each person is the same “does that still exist? Do people still die?” HIV and AIDS still exist. But AIDS doesn’t have to. In early 2016, the Undetectable = […]

Red Ribbon Society Recognition

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” –William Arthur Ward Red Ribbon Society Members were feeling the gratitude Wednesday, July 27th at the annual Red Ribbon Society Appreciation event, held at Mercado 369 in Bishop Arts. Each year, Red Ribbon Society members are recognized for helping power […]

You’ve Got a Friend

Posted on:04 - 06 - 2018 Posted in:

  Collective gasp. “Wow”. Silence.   The black drape laid on the floor no longer needed to hide the seven panel spectrum & silver art piece behind it. Artist Jojo Herda spoke just before the unveiling about how she was moved by the quality and community focus of care provided by Prism Health North Texas. […]

Pride Month Challenge

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Today, ¾ of new HIV infections in Dallas County are men who have sex with men (which is mostly gay/bi men and transwomen). The current projections are that 1 in 2 transwomen of color will contract HIV in her lifetime. 1 in 2 black men who have sex with men will contract HIV in his […]

What makes ‘pride’?

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When it comes to self-talk we can be our own toughest critic. The definition of self-talk is the act or practice of talking to oneself, through internal dialogue. Self-talk can be negative or positive. Negative self-talk can be self-limiting and it can undermine one’s self esteem. Excessive negative self-talk can exacerbate feelings of stress, depression […]

Achieving Better Health in DFW

Posted on:08 - 05 - 2018 Posted in:

Recently Prism Health North Texas was invited to present at the annual Dallas Fort Worth Case Management Society of America (CMSA) Conference in Arlington TX. The 2018 conference theme was “Case Management: Constructing Better Outcomes” and PHNTX staff presented on “HIV Infection – Achieving Better Outcomes in the Community. The focus of the conference was […]

Our Bodies Were Meant to Move

Posted on:07 - 05 - 2018 Posted in:

Our bodies were meant to move — they actually crave exercise. Regular exercise is necessary for physical fitness and good health. It reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases.  When you exercise, your body uses energy to keep going. Aerobic exercise involves continuous and rhythmic physical motion, such […]

What is Hepatitis C?

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Approximately 17 million people in the U.S. are living with Hepatitis C virus (HCV).  Hepatitis C is transmitted through direct contact with blood from a person with HCV.  The most common mode of transmission is through sharing of needles and syringes by injection drug users.  A less common mode of transmission but still possible is […]

Patient-Centered Medical Homes for the LGBTQ+ Community

Posted on:04 - 04 - 2018 Posted in:

A story based on real world experiences… Jill Stevens listens as the nurse calls out for “Jack Stevens.” Jill shudders involuntarily for a moment, gets up and approaches the perplexed nurse. Jill discreetly informs the nurse that Jack is still her legal name but that she has been living full-time as Jill, a transgender woman, […]

How to Address HIV Stigma

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Although we have made great strides in medical care, prevention, and legal protections, an HIV diagnosis may still promote fear and shame for many people. This is in large part due to the prevalence of HIV stigma in the community. HIV stigma is pervasive, insidious, and self-perpetuating. Stigma manifests itself in the way we view […]