HIV and AIDS
We have seen tremendous improvements in HIV treatment and prevention over the past few decades. While we want to celebrate this progress, we also need to discuss how it can lead people to falsely believe that HIV is no longer a serious health issue. People across the country — including women — continue to get and transmit HIV regardless of age, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
For older women, wellness priorities can be pretty straightforward: To be our healthiest selves, we need to see the doctor for checkups, eat well, get regular physical activity, pay attention to our mental health, and avoid unhealthy behaviors.
But what about sexual intimacy?
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from HIV.gov. The original post date was June 13, 2016. Read the original post.
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the HHS.gov blog. The original post date was December 1, 2015. Read the original post.
Whether you call them sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), one thing is true: Women are at risk of infection. Not only does a woman's anatomy make her vulnerable to STIs, women are less likely to have symptoms than men. Untreated STIs can lead to serious health issues, including infertility, cancer, and even death.
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the The White House Blog. The original post date was March 10, 2015.
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.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month — an important time to increase awareness of this public health issue. Domestic violence or interpersonal violence (IPV) can have a profound impact on the health, safety, and well-being of women and men, children, and other family members.