Health Matters for Women
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Teen Pregnancy Social Media Tools and Messages
Find free, easy-to-use communication tools that can help expand the reach of your health messages and help increase public engagement. Tools include buttons and badges that you and your partners can add to web sites, an e-Card encouraging parents to talk with teens about sex, Twitter and Facebook messages about teen pregnancy that you can post to your organizations’ Facebook walls, a downloadable podcast and PSA about teen pregnancy, links to our mobile-ready teen
prevention web pages, and information on Content Syndication which enables partner organizations to display current CDC content on your websites.
Vital Signs: Asthma Prevalence, Disease Characteristics, and Self-Management Education - United States, 2001-2009
Significant differences in prevalence by age, sex, and race/ethnicity persisted over the observed period. In examining subgroups, a rising trend in asthma prevalence was observed for non-Hispanic black children (11.4% to 17.0%), non-Hispanic white women (8.9% to 10.1%), and non-Hispanic black men (4.7% to 6.4%). In 2009, asthma prevalence was greater among children than adults (9.6% versus 7.7%), and was especially high among boys (11.3%) and non-Hispanic black children
(17.0%). Prevalence among adults was greatest for women (9.7%) and adults who were poor (10.6%).
Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women, and Art - Exhibit
Off the Beaten Path presents the work of 28 contemporary artists from 24 countries, whose work addresses the issues of violence against women and girls around the world and their basic human rights to a safe and secure life. The project combines cutting-edge art with important social messaging and storytelling to help create awareness, inspiration, and address systems for positive social change and action. The goal of Off the Beaten Path is to help create a
new conversation on the full spectrum of issues that surround this important topic. At the CDC Global Health Odyssey Museum, Atlanta, Georgia, June 6 – September 9, 2011.
Surveillance of Health Status in Minority Communities - Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) Risk Factor Survey, United States,
The median percentage of women aged ≥40 years who reported having had a mammogram during the previous 2 years ranged from 72.7% in American Indian communities to 80.7% in black communities. The median percentage of women with an intact uterine cervix who reported having had a Pap smear screening during the previous 3 years ranged from 74.4% in Asian and other Pacific Islanders communities to 85.0% in black communities.
Arthritis as a Potential Barrier to Physical Activity Among Adults with Obesity - United States, 2007 and 2009
Arthritis and obesity are common chronic conditions affecting an estimated 50 million and 72 million U.S. adults, respectively. The findings in this report indicate that these conditions co-occur commonly (one in three adults with obesity also has arthritis) and might hinder the management of both conditions by limiting physical activity. Women were significantly more likely to have both arthritis and obesity or arthritis only.
Statement by CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., on Early End of HPTN 052 Study
CDC welcomes the report from NIH that early HIV treatment can dramatically reduce the risk that an HIV-positive person will transmit the virus to their heterosexual partner. The study, known as HPTN 052, showed that early initiation of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) for HIV-positive people who were heterosexual led to a dramatic reduction in HIV transmission to the HIV-uninfected partner.
Key Facts about Hurricane Readiness
If you live in coastal areas at risk, CDC encourages you to begin preparing yourself for hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 each year.
Protect Your Skin
When you're having fun outdoors, it's easy to forget how important it is to protect yourself from the sun. Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.
Reducing Teen Pregnancy: Engaging Communities
CDC works to improve the lives of young people and strengthen communities by reducing teen pregnancy. Learn about CDC's communitywide initiative and what you can do.
Preteens and Teens Need Vaccines Too!
The preteen and teen vaccines not only help protect them, but also their friends, community and family members. There are four vaccines recommended for preteens and teens. All kids should get a flu vaccine every year, and the three other vaccines should be given starting when kids are 11 to 12 years old.
Diabetes and Pregnancy
Control your blood sugar before and during pregnancy to help prevent birth defects and other poor outcomes, such as miscarriage or stillbirth.
Cancer and Women
Every year, cancer claims the lives of more than a quarter of a million women in America. A woman can reduce her cancer risk by adopting a healthy lifestyle and getting the right cancer screening tests for her stage of life.
Protect Your Baby from Group B Strep Podcast
In this podcast, Tarayn Fairlie, a pediatrician and mom, talks about group B strep in pregnant women, the serious effects it can have on newborns, how you can find out if you have group B strep bacteria in your body and what to do to prevent spreading it to your infant.
Breast Cancer – Early Diagnosis Podcast
This podcast answers a listener's question about how to tell if she has breast cancer.
Find an STD Testing Site
Add these widgets to your website to enable visitors to locate an STD testing facility.
HIV Surveillance in Women Updated Slide Set
The 15 slides are available in Adobe PDF format and PowerPoint PPPT format.
HIV Surveillance: Enhanced Perinatal Surveillance-15 Areas, 2005-2008
The purpose of this report is to describe the population of HIV-infected women who gave birth during 2005–2008. These data provide information for further focusing perinatal prevention efforts in the United States and the dependent areas. The data are presented by child’s birth year so that readers can understand the characteristics of this population in a particular year.