You've probably heard about Zika virus on the news. You may be wondering what we do and don't know about the virus and how it impacts you. That's why we talked with Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Sue Partridge from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She told us what we do and don't know about Zika, tips for preventing infection, what to do if you're traveling to an area with Zika, and more.
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College can be an exciting time for teens. It's full of new experiences, like managing schoolwork, social events, and new friends on their own. The things you teach your teen can make the transition to college easier, especially when it comes to relationships. Your guidance can help them make healthy decisions — even if you're not physically there with them.
Did you know that today 1,400 babies will be born too early? What causes babies to be born early? How does prematurity affect babies and their families? Join us in observing Prematurity Awareness month as we discuss common question about prematurity with Beverly Robertson from the March of Dimes.
Margeaux Gray was a victim of human trafficking when she was a young girl. She was sexually abused by a close and trusted adult man, and at age 5, Margeaux was sold for profit into child sex trafficking. Trafficked by a trusted adult who used physical, sexual, and psychological abuse to maintain control over Margeaux, she found it nearly impossible to seek help. Today, Margeaux is a survivor of human trafficking who shares her story of healing and how she copes with the lingering effects of her experience. She also explains how others can support human trafficking victims.
We make decisions that affect our health every day — what we eat for lunch, how we use our break time, and when we go to bed. This National Women's Health Week, we're asking all women to take simple steps for better health. Think of the small tweaks you can make throughout the day for a healthier you — no matter your age.
On October 20, a shared commitment to women's health brought over 250 people together — online and in person — to celebrate OWH's 25th anniversary. Together, we highlighted the accomplishments we've made over the past 25 years, honored incredible individuals for their contributions to women's health, and discussed what needs to be done to continue advancing the well-being of our nation's women and girls.
It's official — 2016 is over and we're in a new year. For many of us, this is a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future, and it's no different here at OWH.
Women's health was largely ignored in the halls of public policy, at the research bench, and in clinical settings when I was appointed the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health and also served as Director of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) more than two decades ago. I had dedicated much of my career to exposing gender inequities in health, so it was an honor to take on this new senior position in HHS dedicated to advancing the health of 51% of the U.S. population.
Sexual assault is a serious problem, affecting women from all backgrounds every day. Sexual assault often causes terrible physical and emotional pain. People who have been sexually assaulted may experience feelings of guilt or shame, leading them to believe the assault was their fault. This is never the case — sexual assault is a crime. You have the right to decide who can and can't touch you.
Hydeia Broadbent was born with HIV, but she wasn't diagnosed until she was 3. At the time, her prognosis was grim, since she had already developed AIDS. Her doctors didn't think she would live to the age of 6. Now 31, Hydeia has become a prominent HIV and AIDS activist, devoting her life to raising awareness and spreading prevention messages.
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