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Eliminating Hepatitis B in the United States—Mothers Matter!

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Every year, 25,000 women with chronic hepatitis B infection give birth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They are a subset of the estimated 700,000 to 1.4 million people chronically infected with hepatitis B virus in the U.S., but merit our special attention because of the risk of perinatal hepatitis B…

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…

Recognizing National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day: A Focus on Evidence-Based Programming

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In April, National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) brings together young leaders, national community partners and many other organizations and individuals nation-wide to foster a better response to the HIV epidemic. One of the many ways the federal government is responding to the HIV epidemic is to equip youth with the skills 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…

Affordable Care Act Covers Preventive Health Services for Women

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During this week of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we are reminded that thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most insurance plans are now required to cover many preventive services for women without charging a co-pay or other fees. This includes several services helpful in our national responses to HIV and viral…

Breaking Down Stigma—I Care About HIV/AIDS

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Editor’s Note: For National Women and Girls Day, March 10th Gail T. Crockett , the Director of Strategic Supply Chain at McDonald’s Corporation, produced the following blog as part of the AIDS United Shero Series – Highlighting Women Making a Difference in the Field.   I am not HIV positive. But I care. In fact, I think…

African American Women Should #TakeChargeandTest this National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Every March 10, CDC joins millions across the country to observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This special day is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health and is intended to heighten awareness of the steps all women can take to protect themselves and their partners…

Evolving our social media strategy to reach women and their families

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In March 2012,  I shared Iris House’s social media strategy. We are a community-based organization that provides comprehensive services and advocacy for women, families, and communities impacted by HIV/AIDS. As we commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I want to take this opportunity to share with you how our strategy has evolved over…