Office on Women's Health Blog

An Interview About Living With Lupus: Gabrielle Davis

Gabrielle Davis found out she had lupus in 2009. She says her diagnosis turned her world upside down, and it took her a few years to feel like her pre-lupus self. Gabrielle talks about her diagnosis, how it changed the way she thinks about herself, and what she wants others to know about the disease.

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What It's Like Living With Endometriosis

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

"The pain got worse and worse. Eventually it was unbearable. Sex was impossible. I felt exhausted all the time. There were many times when I couldn't get out of bed."

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Stop STIs: Six Steps to Safer Sex

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Whether you call them STIs or STDs, one thing is true: Women are at risk of infection. Protecting yourself is an important part of staying healthy.

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Stepping Out of the Shadows, Together for Women & Girls

Tina Tchen , Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

Today, the Office of National AIDS Policy, Office of the Vice President, and the White House Council on Women and Girls commemorate the 10th observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Along with other federal, national, and community organizations and advocates, today we celebrate our accomplishments to date in improving the lives of women and girls affected by HIV and recognize the work still ahead.

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Martha Sichone Cameron and her family

Life After an AIDS Diagnosis

Martha Sichone Cameron

I don't think anything can prepare you for the moment when they unveil the piece of paper that contains your fate. Even though the odds seemed to be against me, I was not prepared to be told I had HIV. Turns out, the doctor had worse news: It was actually an AIDS diagnosis and the doctor gave me 3 to 6 months to live.

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Family Health History, a Priceless Gift to You and Your Family

Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak

Why is it important to discuss your family's health history? Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease often run in families. Tracing the illnesses of your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your healthcare practitioner predict your risk for specific diseases and make vital screening and treatment decisions before any disease is evident.

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