The best science, stories, and strategies related to this month’s national health themes. Check back throughout the month for new additions. 

In February, the Network Celebrates...

American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 314,186 women in 2020—or about 1 in every 5 female* deaths. Lower your risk for the number one killer of women with the latest info:  

  • Stories from the Heart – Hear from a woman who went into cardiac arrest at a Halloween party, an ER worker who turned blue when her heart stopped, a heart transplant recipient, and more in this inspiring lived experience series.


  • *A note on language - When directly quoting or referencing source material, the Network uses the language in that material for clarity and alignment purposes. We recognize language usage is always changing and strive to embody this descriptivist approach, which is why you will often see uses of common synonyms (like "female" and "woman") used interchangeably in our materials.

HIV/AIDS Awareness

Approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. have HIV. About 13% of them don’t know it and need testing. By sex at birth, the annual number of new HIV infections in 2019, as compared to 2015, decreased among men, but remained stable among women. Learn where we are with HIV/AIDS in 2023:  

  • Action Alert! February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day  – Black communities have made great progress in reducing HIV. Yet, issues such as racism, discrimination, and mistrust of the health care system may affect whether Black people seek or receive HIV prevention services. Click here to learn more about the day and get a full social media toolkit to help spark conversations about HIV and highlight recent progress.
  • HIV/AIDS 101 Learn the basics about HIV/AIDS prevention, transmission, symptoms, and more from, a federal website dedicated to educating the public about HIV/AIDS.


Condom Usage

Consistent and correct use of latex condoms reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission. Condoms are also 87% effective at preventing pregnancy when used on their own. Learn more about one of the world’s oldest sexual & reproductive health protection tools:  

Teen Dating Violence Awareness

Teen dating violence (TDV) is a type of intimate partner violence  that can be physical, sexual, or psychological in nature. According to the CDC, approximately one out of twelve high school students experience teen dating violence before graduation; women and LGBTQAI+ students are at greater risk. Learn about the short- and long-term health effects of teen dating violence and how to help prevent it from national experts: 

  • Action Alert! Show up strong for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) this February – The theme this year is “Be About It.” We’re calling on all of you to be unapologetically about education, engagement, and empowerment, and to help uplift the voices of teens and young adults on this important issue. Learn more and get calendars, action guides, and social media resources at
  • Domestic Violence (AKA Intimate Partner Violence) 101 – Check out Episode 9 of the Network’s Your Health Unlocked podcast for an information-packed primer on domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence.
  • A Teen Dating Violence Prevention Toolkit by Teens, for Teens – What are some examples of teen dating violence? What should you do if a friend confides in you about abuse? Do abusive relationships always stay abusive? Get these answers and more in this toolkit developed with survivor input 

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