National Women's Health Week
National Women's Health Week is a weeklong health observance organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women's health and its importance. It also empowers women to make their health a priority and encourages them to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases.
ASHA, the parent organization of NCCC, is an official partner for Women's Health Week and joins the Office of Women's Health and other organizations in promoting the importance of women's health, with a focus on sexual health. During May, we encourage women to explore the NCCC and ASHA websites to learn more.
National Women's Checkup Day is a nationwide effort, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, to:
- Encourage women to call and visit health care professionals to schedule and receive checkups; and
- Promote regular checkups as vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections, and other conditions.
What screenings are recommended for you? This chart from the Office of Women's Health outlines the various screenings recommended for women based on age. For example:
- Women 21 or older should get a Pap test every 3 years.Women 30 or older should get an HPV test along with their Pap. Over 40, women can get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years.
- CDC recommends yearly chlamydia testing of all sexually active women age 25 or younger, as well as older women with risk factors for chlamydial infections (those who have a new sex partner or multiple sex partners), and all pregnant women.
- The CDC recommends at least one HIV test for everyone aged 13 to 64 who visits a doctor.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, many preventive services for women must be covered with no cost-sharing in plan years starting on or after August 1, 2012. Among the services covered:
- Mammography screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40
- Cervical cancer screening for sexually active women
- Chlamydia screening for younger women and other women at higher risk
- FDA-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling
- Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling
- Gonorrhea screening for all women at higher risk
- Hepatitis B screening for pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
- HIV screening and counseling for sexually active women
- HPV DNA testing every three years for women with normal cytology results who are 30 or older
- STI counseling for sexually active women
- Syphilis screening for all pregnant women or other women at increased risk
- Well-woman visits to obtain recommended preventive services
Learn more about preventive screening services for women covered under the Affordable Care Act at HealthCare.gov.