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Every year in Bexar County, more than 350 people are newly-diagnosed with HIV. While better medicines have created longer life spans for people infected with the virus, other related health problems are wreaking havoc with their lives, especially Hispanics living with HIV.

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You’ve probably seen the signs popping up around town saying “flu shots now available.” The push is on to vaccinate people against a virus that’s proven deadly every year.


Some people consider the flu akin to a bad cold. The Medical Director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District says it’s so much more than that. If you don’t fear the illness, Dr. Junda Woo says, fear the consequences.


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For the fourth year in a row, San Antonio is home to the Valor Games Southwest. Disabled veterans and wounded active duty servicemen and women are competing in adaptive sports.

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More than 108 million American do not have dental insurance, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

If you are one of them, and your teeth and gums desperately need some attention, there’s a free clinic this Saturday.


As part of Free Dentistry Day, Dr. Yo, Dr. Schwartz and the team at Schertz Family Dental will be providing care at no cost.



Patients will have the choice of either one free cleaning or one extraction. The hours are 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 2184 FM 3009 in Schertz. It’s first come, first served.

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Starting today, September 23, 2016, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center in San Antonio will screen all of its donated blood for the Zika virus.