Office on Women's Health Blog

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I Can Do It! Supports Healthy Living for Women With a Disability

Holli Richmond

The I Can Do It! model ensures women and girls with a disability have opportunities to be physically active and practice healthy eating behaviors. Learn more.

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Minority Health Month: Making Progress on Health Disparities

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Half a century ago, our nation was in the midst of a Civil Rights revolution. Since then, we've reached several milestones: the 50th anniversary of the Civil ...

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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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Teens' Use of Birth Control

Susan Moskosky

If you're a teen and are having sex, you need to know the most effective options for preventing pregnancy. Title X family planning center providers can help.

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Katie Koestner

Kissing and Hurting

Katie Koestner

My rape changed everything: my relationships, my life goals, and how I viewed the world. The world became a place where trust could be broken.

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Neesha Arter

An Interview About Sexual Assault: Neesha Arter

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.

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Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy

Your Kid Deserves a Shot at a Healthy Life

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy

Measles is one of the most contagious diseases around, and getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against getting infected. In the United States, we have more than 50 years of experience with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine — also known as the MMR vaccine.

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Breaking Down Stigma — I Care About HIV/AIDS

Gail T. Crockett

I am not HIV-positive. But I care. In fact, I think it is vitally important for all of us to care about the well-being of those that are living with HIV/AIDS. After all, we care about people with cancer. We care about people with Alzheimer's and diabetes. But a stigma remains when it comes to HIV and AIDS.

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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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HIV/AIDS: In Their Own Words

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Today, about 1 in 4 people living with HIV in the United States are women. Each woman touched by HIV/AIDS needs our support and our understanding. They need family, friends, and treatment. And they need us to listen to their stories.

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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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