New Mexico AIDS Services future unknown as a new clinic is set to open

Earlier this week, a Santa Fe District Court judge denied a legal challenge against the New Mexico Department of Health in a case involving the defunding of a not-for-profit health clinic. Officials from New Mexico AIDS Services (NMAS) have said they plan to file again in a way the judge outlined. According to another AIDS and HIV clinic, all hope is not lost even if NMAS closes its doors. After District Judge Francis Mathew ruled that NMAS was “not entitled” to a restraining order to stop the defunding process, one NMAS official told the Albuquerque Journal they planned on appealing the funding determination. NMAS Board President Brian Morris told New Mexico Political Report in an email that the organization has some money saved up and plans to stay open for at least another 30 days while the legal process continues.

Non-profit AIDS organization’s future unknown

As Rick Clines pored over the list of offerings at a local Albuquerque restaurant, he meticulously went through the ingredients to see if there was anything his doctor wouldn’t approve of. In his sixties, Clines said he now has to be careful what he eats and make sure that he walks his prescribed five miles every day. Besides eating healthy and exercising, he also takes a cocktail of five different pills a day in order to combat his diabetes, high blood pressure and acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. After 30 years of living with AIDS, Clines is a self-described long term survivor, or LTS. He was a nightclub manager in Seattle, Washington during the 1980s when he and many of his friends began to get tested for AIDS.