Office on Women's Health Blog
Interviews and Spotlights
It's your body. You have the right to decide what you do and don't do sexually. When someone takes that power away from you, it is a crime. And no matter the circumstances, it is not your fault. It took Neesha Arter years to finally accept that what happened to her on New Year's Eve when she was 14 was not her fault. That night, she was sexually assaulted by two boys she knew and trusted. Now, at 23, she's speaking out about her experience. She talks about helping other young women realize they're not alone and that what happened to them isn't their fault.
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.
As an ambassador for NWGHAAD, Maria is joining the Office on Women's Health to shed light on the impact HIV/AIDS has on women and girls. She offers support and hope to reduce the stigma, and increase knowledge about HIV/AIDS preventive, care, and treatment. Maria talks about living with HIV/AIDS.
Due to her unusually strong family history of heart disease, Yaskary Reyes' experience is not typical for most women. However, her story makes a compelling case for being aware of your own personal risk factors for heart disease. Yaskary talks about what women should know about heart disease and how she manages it.
Many people enjoy a beer or a glass of wine from time to time. But what happens when a woman's drinking starts affecting the rest of her life? Maybe it's causing problems at work or school or in her relationships. She may even have legal or financial problems if she drinks and drives. That was the case for Markella Prather. Like many people with alcohol problems, Markella didn't realize her drinking was out of control. That's why she wants to share her story. She wants to spread the word that drinking problems can affect anyone and that treatment can help you regain control of your life. Markella talks about her choice to quit and what it's like staying sober.
Rebecca will be the first to tell you that there's no predicting the way life will turn out, especially when your partner develops a mental illness. But living with someone who has a mental illness doesn't mean life can't be fun and fulfilling — it's just different. This is the case for Rebecca and her husband Craig. Craig is a military veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although it affects their lives every day, they're making it work and want others to know they can, too. Read our interview with Rebecca — a spouse and a caregiver — to learn more about living with someone with PTSD.