Nancy C. Lee

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health 

Stop STIs: Six Steps to Safer Sex

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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…

HIV/AIDS: In Their Own Words

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Editor’s Note: March 10 was the 10th annual commemoration of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We continue to share messages and resources to highlight the impact of the epidemic on women and girls. Today, about 1 in 4 people living with HIV in the United States are women. Each woman touched by HIV/AIDS…

Share Your Story and Help Make a Difference


It takes courage to share a personal story, but they often are the most powerful. They inspire us, stick with us, and change the way we think about the world. Personal stories also remind us that we are not alone. With World AIDS Day only a week away, I’m thinking of those affected by the…

Take Action: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — a day for action! What are you going to do? Top 10 Ways You Can Take Action Against HIV/AIDS Get tested. Many women and girls who are HIV-positive don’t know they have the disease. The only way to know your status is to get tested. Find an HIV testing…

Knowledge Leads to Action on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Nancy C. Lee

Share knowledge. Take action. That’s the theme of this year’s National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which the nation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health will observe on March 10. Why should you share knowledge in your community? Because knowledge leads to action. Here are four…

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Nancy C. Lee

Today, nearly 300,000 women are living with HIV in the United States. While men represent the majority of AIDS diagnoses, as well as new and existing HIV infections, the impact of HIV/AIDS on women has grown since the beginning of the epidemic. Compared with women of other races/ethnicities, African American women continue to be disproportionally…