30 Achievements in Women's Health in 30 Years (1984 – 2014)

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Federal funding to address violence against women

Just 35 years ago, domestic violence was hidden behind closed doors. It wasn’t until the 1970s that states began addressing violence against women, including sexual assault, rape, and domestic violence. One decade later, in 1984, the federal Department of Justice Task Force on Family Violence issued the first-ever report to examine the scope and effects of domestic violence in America.

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Decrease in lung cancer deaths in women

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women, and the second-leading cause of death after heart disease. But the good news is that lung cancer deaths in women continue to decline each year, thanks in part to federal programs to help women quit smoking and federally funded research leading to improved treatments, scientific understanding, and public health policies.

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Mother-to-child transmission of HIV decreased

Women with HIV who take antiretroviral medication during pregnancy can reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to their babies to less than 1%. The rates of mother-to-child transmission peaked in 1992, and continue to fall to very low levels, despite an increase in the number of women with HIV giving birth.

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Decrease in deaths from women's leading killer – heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. But today, fewer women die of heart disease. Between 2003 and 2004, the number of women who died from heart disease shifted from 1 in 3 women to 1 in 4 women. The ongoing decline in death from heart disease is due to both a reduction in risk factors (such as high blood pressure) and improved treatments for heart disease.

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Making birth control better, safer, and more accessible for women

In the United States, 62 million women are in their childbearing years (ages 15 to 44). About 70% of them are at risk of unintended pregnancy.

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