Changing the Face of HIV


March 10, 2021

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Changing the Face of HIV

March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Though HIV diagnoses among women have declined in recent years, more than 7,000 women were diagnosed with HIV in 2018 in the U.S.

Facts about women and HIV:

  • Women aged 13 and older accounted for 19% of the new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. and dependent areas.
  • Black women accounted for the largest share of new HIV diagnoses among women.
  • An estimated 14% of transgender women have HIV.

What You Can Do
Everyone has a role to play in HIV prevention. There are steps you can take to protect yourself, your partner, your patients, family, and neighbors from HIV infection.

COVID-19 Vaccine: When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you’ve been fully vaccinated, read more about:

  • What’s changed and what hasn’t
  • What we know and what we’re still learning

Understanding Food Labels

Are you trying to make healthier choices at the grocery store? Check the label. The food label lists the following nutrition facts per serving:

  • Number of calories
  • Fats, including total fat, saturated fat, and trans fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium
  • Carbohydrates, including fiber, total sugar, and added sugar
  • Protein
  • Vitamins and Minerals

Other important things to look for are serving size, the number of servings, and percent daily value. The number of calories is often presented by serving so you have to multiply the number of calories by the total number of servings to get the total calories for the entire food item. The percent daily value helps you determine if a food is high or low in nutrients – 5% or less is low in nutrients and 20% or more is high in nutrients.

Healthy Sleep

On Sunday, March 14 at 2:00 am, daylight saving time starts and many of us will get one less hour of sleep that day. Wondering if you get enough sleep? Find general recommendations and tips for how to get healthy sleep all year.

Ten Ways to Manage Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a serious condition affecting 37 million people. Often overlooked until symptoms appear, CKD is progressive and can put you at risk for serious health complications including kidney failure. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can help you manage and slow the progression of CKD and its complications.

Follow these healthy lifestyle tips to take charge of your kidney health.

  • Control your blood pressure
  • Meet your blood glucose goal if you have diabetes
  • Work with your health care team to monitor your kidney health
  • Take medicines as prescribed
  • Work with a dietitian to develop a meal plan
  • Make physical activity part of your routine
  • Aim for a healthy weight
  • Get enough sleep
  • Stop smoking
  • Find healthy ways to cope with stress and depression

Learn more about kidney diseases.

Applesauce French Toast

Applesauce French Toast is a twist on a breakfast classic. The applesauce gives it a moist, chewy texture.