Living Healthier; Living Safer
What every woman should know about healthy living
Woman & HIV: The number of HIV diagnosis among women has tripled since 1985 and unprotected sex with men is the most common way women acquire HIV.
When to get tested:
Women should get tested at least once a year. This is especially important if…
*You have had unprotected sex with more than one partner.
*Your partner is having sex with someone other than you.
*You have been/are currently in an abusive relationship.
*You have shared or are now sharing needles.
*You have had/are having sex with someone who has HIV or a history of drug abuse.
*You or your partner have been incarcerated.
*You had a blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985.
If you’re having unprotected sex you need to be tested more often.
What do I do if I’m being abused?
You don’t deserve to be abused and there are people who care. Contact a domestic violence program in your community or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or http://www.thehotline.org.
Domestic Violence: 1 in 4 will be victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. Power and control is at the center of domestic violence-the most dangerous time for victim is when they are leaving or have left the relationship.
Red Flags of Abuse:
*wants to move too quickly into the relationship.
*hits, slaps, punches, pushes or uses threats.
*sabotages job or controls all the money.
*criticizes, makes derogatory comments or places blame.
*withholds medical treatment or medication.
*threatens to reveal your HIV status.
*deceptive or overly charming.
*controls your birth control and condoms.
*uses technology to track you, views your email and social media.
*uses your immigration status to keep you in the relationship.
Your health is important!
*take time to get to know a potential partner.
*practice safe sex.
*understand state HIV disclosure laws.
*be aware of ‘red flags’ in relationships.
*get tested for HIV-it’s safe and confidential.
*talk to your kids about safe, healthy relationships.
*see a physician, get a complete exam once a year.
Plan for your health & safety:
*identify and locate safe areas/exits in your home.
*if possible, have a phone accessible at all times-memorize emergency numbers/contacts numbers.
*keep copies of important documents-social security card, birth certificate and insurance policies.
*keep record of abusive incidents.
*create a safety plan with your children-who to call, where to go etc.
*come up with a back up safety plan in case your abuser discovers your plan.
*get tested/know your status.
*seek out treatment options.
*contact your local HIV/AIDS program for resources.
*keep medication in a safe and secure place.
NNEDV: National Network to End Domestic Violence
1325 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 7th Floor
Washington DC 20036
Phone: (202) 543-5566
Fax: (202) 543-5626
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
National Sexual Assault Hotline:
Teen Dating Hotline:
National HIV Hotline:
Locate HIV Testing Sites:
Disclaimer: this information is taken directly from the pamphlet from the National Network to End Domestic Violence. I have not used the service before so I have no opinion either yes or no to the program. Please call them or email them for more information.