An Interview About HIV and AIDS Basics: Shan Boodram

Today, about 1 in 4 people living with HIV in the United States is female. At the Office on Women’s Health, we want to support these women and girls. We also want to help others learn how they can prevent infection and fight the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. That’s why we talked to National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ambassador and sex educator Shan Boodram.

Eating Disorders: What to Watch For

When I was a teenager, during the long winter month of February, I would often look forward to the warm weather and getting back to summer camp. Being a summer camp counselor was the best part of the year. But now that I am a pediatrician, I often think back on summer camp and remember one thing that I wish I had done differently.

An Interview About Heart Health: Drs. Dhruva and Redberg

How much do you know about keeping your heart healthy? Not sure? That’s okay! We’ve got you covered. For American Heart Month, we asked cardiologists Drs. Sanket Dhruva and Rita Redberg (pictured) our top questions about heart disease and how to keep your heart in tip-top shape. Read this interview to get the heart health information you need for a longer, healthier life.

How You Can Help Build a Culture Without Abuse

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. There is a great way for you — a caring adult — to make a real difference this month. Currently, 1 in 3 young people experience some form of dating violence in their lives. In 2010, Congress recognized the efforts of youth and adult allies nationwide and began dedicating the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.

An Interview About Heart Disease: Yaskary Reyes

Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States — surpassing stroke, diabetes, and even cancer? In honor of American Heart Month, we spoke with Yaskary Reyes. Yaskary is an ambassador for The Heart Truth®, a program sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that strives to educate women about heart disease and motivate them to take steps to prevent it. She is also living with heart disease.

An Interview About Living With Lupus: Gabrielle Davis

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, including the skin, joints, and internal organs. About 9 out of 10 adults with lupus are women. Lupus is two to three times more common in African-American women than in white women. Some women have only mild symptoms. But, for others, lupus can cause serious problems.

Surviving an Abusive Relationship: Kelly Vrooman

Dating violence is any type of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse that happens in a dating relationship. It can happen to people of all ages, races, cultures, incomes, and education levels. It can happen in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. Violence can happen on a first date or when you are deeply in love. But no matter how it happens, dating violence is always wrong, and help is available.

Kelly Vrooman was 15 when her boyfriend started hurting her. The abuse continued for about two years. More than 10 years later she began sharing her story.