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CDC's Contributions to Women's Health and Safety

Three generations of womenLearn about CDC’s contributions to women’s health in 2015.

CDC’s contributions to women’s health focused on improving and promoting the health, safety, and quality of life for women of all ages. CDC published research, conducted disease surveillance, released recommendations and guidelines, launched campaigns, developed tools and resources, worked with partners,and continued programs across the country. Here are a few of the contributions CDC made to women’s health in 2015:

Reproductive Health


  • Bring Your Brave Campaign
    The Bring Your Brave campaign provides information about breast cancer to women younger than age 45 by sharing real stories about young women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.
  • Student Indoor Tanning
    According to some research, tanning salons tend to exist in areas with a greater number of girls and women aged 15-29 years and are particularly concentrated near colleges. Those who begin indoor tanning during adolescence or early adulthood have a higher risk of getting melanoma.
  • HPV in Communities of Color and How It Affects Women of Color
    Every year, HPV cancers affect around 17,600 women. About 4,000 women annually die from cervical cancer, with three times more Black women dying than White women in the same age group. This disease is preventable, so no women should die of cervical cancer.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015
    These updated guidelines discuss: 1) alternative treatment regimens for Neisseria gonorrhoeae; 2) the use of nucleic acid amplification tests for the diagnosis of trichomoniasis; 3) alternative treatment options for genital warts; 4) the role of Mycoplasma genitalium in urethritis/cervicitis and treatment-related implications; 5) updated HPV vaccine recommendations and counseling messages; 6) the management of persons who are transgender; 7) annual testing for hepatitis C in persons with HIV infection; 8) updated recommendations for diagnostic evaluation of urethritis; and 9) retesting to detect repeat infection.
  • Cost-effectiveness of Chlamydia Vaccination Programs for Young Women
    The researchers used a deterministic heterosexual transmission model to explore the potential health and economic outcomes of a hypothetical chlamydia vaccine focusing on vaccination programs for 14-year-old girls and 15–24-year-old women in the United States.

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use

  • Page last reviewed: December 21, 2015
  • Page last updated: December 21, 2015
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