Nearly 1 in 5 adult women and 1 in 7 adult men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime
Intimate partner violence is not always physical violence- it can also include sexual violence, emotional and psychological aggression, and stalking.
For more information, visit verahouse.org to get help or how you can help.
Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer in women
1 in 8 women born in the United States today will get breast cancer at some point in their life
Most women survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early enough
That is why self-breast checks are incredibly important and should be added to your monthly routine!
The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools, or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and make the civil rights statement about the extraordinary national and international contributions.
LGBT History Month was created in 1994 by a high school history teacher in Missouri, named Rodney Wilson. The month of October was initially chosen to include: National Coming Out Day and the anniversary of the first LGBT March on Washington on October 14th, 1979.
Asexuality is a sexual orientation (like being gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.)
It is defined as a lack of sexual attraction; an asexual person is someone who does not experience sexual attraction to anyone, and/or does not experience desire for sexual contact
Asexuality is not celibacy, which is the conscious decision to abstain from sexual contact with other individuals
At least 1% of people are believed to be asexual
National Health Education Week is focused on increasing national awareness on major public health issues and promoting a better understanding of the role of health education
Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities
Family Planning has a team of Health Educators that teach reproductive health at schools, community-based organizations, and agencies all over Onondaga county
Our health educators also implement the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) that promotes life skills and community awareness
The intersex definition is a person that is born with a combination of male and female biological characteristics, such as chromosomes or genitals that can cause doctors unable to assign their sex as distinctly as male or female
Being intersex is a naturally occurring variation in humans, and is not a medical problem. It is also more common than most people realize. It is hard to know exactly how many people are intersex, but estimates suggest that about 1 in 100 people born in the U.S. is intersex
An estimated 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 are living with oral herpes and an estimated 417 million people are living with genital herpes worldwide
Herpes cannot be cured but it can be treated!
The chance of herpes transmission can be reduced by wearing a condom, refraining from sex during an outbreak, and using medication to suppress the virus
National Coming Out Day, which was founded by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in 1998, is aimed at honoring the experiences of LGBTQ individuals while also educating allies on how to take action
1 out of every 2 Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is 1 in 10
The act of coming out can involve self-affirmation, opening up to loved ones, and fostering a feeling of belonging to the LGBTQ community
Gay and bisexual men continue to be the population most affected by HIV, making up to 67% of new HIV diagnoses in the United States. HIV testing is recommended at least once a year and can be as simple as a finger poke that takes 20 minutes to learn the results!
World Contraception Day is an annual worldwide campaign to prove awareness of contraception. The goal is to allow women to make informed choices about their reproductive health, in the hope that every pregnancy is intentional.
There are many different types of birth control available including condoms, the pill, the patch, the ring, the shot, the implant, and IUDs - find one that works for you!
Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, has been celebrated each year since 1999 to highlight biphobia and to help bring awareness to the bisexual community. 58% of bisexuals are exposed to biphobic jokes at work, and 31% have been sexually harassed on the job because of who they are are. Many have even been denied job advancement or work opportunities because they are bisexual.
Ovarian cancer is cancer within the ovaries- organs within the reproductive system of a woman that produce’s eggs and hormones. Early symptoms of ovarian cancer can include- abnormal bleeding or discharge from that vagina, pressure or pain in the pelvic area/abdomen/back, bloating, feeling full quickly while eating, changes in bathroom habits.
Let’s bring awareness this month!
Sexual health is the ability to embrace and enjoy your sexuality throughout your life. It is an important part of our physical and emotional health. Being sexually healthy means:
Understanding that sexuality is a natural part of life and involves more than sexual behavior
Recognizing and respecting the sexual rights we all share
Having access to sexual health information, education, and care
Making an effort to prevent unintended pregnancies and STIs while seeking care when needed
Being able to experience sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when desired
Being able to communicate about sexual health with others- including sexual partners and healthcare providers
Polycystic ovary or ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common health problem in women caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones. The hormonal imbalance creates problems in the ovaries. With PCOS, the egg may not develop as it should or it may not be released during ovulation as it should be. There is no cure for PCOS, but it is possible to manage the symptoms.