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Tennessee Department of Health encourages everyone to prevent Heart Attacks

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health reminds everyone to make heart health a top priority during American Heart Month and throughout the year. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the number one killer of women.

“Heart disease is something everyone should take very seriously, and there are many things we can do to reduce our risk,” said Carolyn Wester, MD, MPH, Deputy Medical Director for the TDH Division of Family Health and Wellness. “If you have symptoms of a heart attack, seek help immediately. Every second counts.”

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Tennessee Department of Health says Parents need to discuss Sexually Transmitted Diseases with their Children

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Sex. It’s a difficult topic for many parents to discuss with their children, but those conversations may save a life or prevent pain and suffering from a sexually transmitted disease.

“There are more than 20 sexually transmitted diseases and while all are preventable, not all are curable,” said Carolyn Wester, MD, MPH, medical director of the TDH HIV/STD Section. “Some are deadly, some can cause permanent damage to the reproductive and nervous systems, and some can cause bouts of pain for the rest of a person’s life. Unfortunately too many children become sexually active at very young ages, so it’s important for parents to provide accurate information earlier than later, and to help their children understand the consequences of their actions.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health calls on Women, Girls to take action to prevent HIV/AIDS

 

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is March 10th

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue affecting nearly 280,000 women and adolescent girls in the United States. In Tennessee, about one in four people newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS is female, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in five people living with HIV in the United States do not know they are infected.

The Tennessee Department of Health is observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 10th by calling on women and girls to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention and the importance of getting tested. «Read the rest of this article»

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Know Your Status – It takes a Village to Fight HIV/AIDS

 

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is February 7th, 2011

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The HIV/AIDS pandemic disproportionately affects African-Americans in Tennessee. In an effort to draw attention to this crisis among black communities, the Tennessee Department of Health will observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7th, 2011. This event provides individuals in African-American communities a chance to learn about HIV/AIDS, the importance of early detection and how to protect themselves from HIV infection.

“National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an excellent opportunity for African-Americans in Tennessee to get tested for HIV and learn more about how HIV is impacting communities across our state,” said Carolyn Wester, MD, MPH, medical director of the state’s HIV/AIDS/STD section. “Free testing events are offered in every major city. I encourage everyone to have an HIV test and learn how to protect yourself from acquiring or transmitting HIV.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Learn your status

 

Free and Confidential HIV Testing Available for Tennessee Residents

Nashville, TN — The Tennessee Department of Health will join health providers and advocates across the nation in observing National HIV Testing Day on Sunday, June 27th. The goal of this annual observance is to raise awareness and promote prevention of HIV. The Tennessee Department of Health encourages all sexually active Tennesseans, regardless of age, to get tested for HIV. TDOH provides free, confidential testing across the state in local county health departments.

“It is imperative that Tennesseans who are sexually active take responsibility for their health and the health of their partners by knowing their HIV status,” said Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “This knowledge is crucial to slowing the spread of HIV and AIDS.” «Read the rest of this article»

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