Find out what effects over 11% of women – Health Matters for Women

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March, 2023 

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HIV Retesting for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women Across Maternal Child Health Services in Nampula, Mozambique

Repeat HIV testing during pregnancy and breastfeeding identifies women with incident infections, those living with HIV who have been lost to care, and infants at risk for HIV infection. This study reports data from repeat testing for women in maternal and child health services at 10 health facilities in Mozambique.

National Chlamydia Screening Rate in Young Sexually Active Women Using HEDIS Measures in the United States, 2011-2020

National guidelines recommend sexually active women under the age of 25 be screened annually for chlamydia. The objective of this study was to estimate the chlamydia screening rate of sexually active women aged 16-24 years from 2011-2020.

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Surveillance in Early Pregnancy in the United States: Design Factors Affecting the Association Between Vaccine and Spontaneous Abortion

The Vaccine Safety Datalink previously reported no association between COVID-19 vaccination in early pregnancy and spontaneous abortion. This study aims to understand how time since vaccine roll-out or other methodologic factors in observation and analysis could affect results.

Variation in State-Level Mammography Use, 2012 and 2020

Mammography is a screening tool for early detection of breast cancer. Uptake in screening use in states can be influenced by Medicaid coverage and eligibility policies, public health outreach efforts, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. This report describes state-specific mammography use in 2020 and changes as compared with 2012.

Uptake and Continuation of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Among Women of Reproductive Age in Two Health Facilities in Kisumu County, Kenya

In 2020, Kenya had 19,000 new HIV infections among women aged 15+ years. Studies have shown sub-optimal oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use among sub-populations of women. This study assesses the uptake and continuation of oral PrEP among women aged 15-49 years in two health facilities in Kisumu County, Kenya.

Occupational Safety and Health of Women in Mining

Throughout its history, mining has been a male-dominated industry. Recent estimates indicate that between 10% and 17% of miners are women. The purpose of this article is to describe the specific occupational safety and health (OSH) challenges women as miners face and to discuss how the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Mining Program is situated to address these challenges through its Mining Program Strategic Plan.

Counseling Women of Reproductive Age About Emergency Preparedness - Provider Attitudes and Practices

This paper reports healthcare provider attitudes and practices on emergency preparedness counseling for women of reproductive age, including pregnant, postpartum, and lactating women, for disasters and weather emergencies. 


Question of the Month:

What percentage of women between 15 and 44 are affected by endometriosis? 

A. Less than 2%

B. Less than 5 %

C. More than 11%

How did you do on February's question?

What is the leading cause of death for women in the United States?

Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a man’s disease, almost as many women as men die each year of heart disease, and it is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Despite an increase in awareness over the past decades, only about half (56%) of women recognize that heart disease is their number 1 killer. About 1 in 16 women aged 20 and older (6.2%) have coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease in the United States. Learn more about how you can lower your risk for the number one killer of women! 

Health Observances, April 2023

STD Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention Month

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

4/23 – 4/29 National Infertility Awareness Week

4/11 – 4/17 Black Maternal Health Week

This service is provided by the CDC/ATSDR Office of Women's Health. Email comments or suggestions to owh@xxxxxxx.

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