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Ernestine Shepherd

Body Builder Ernestine Shepherd’s Amazing Transformation

This week's #wcw is competitive body builder, model, and personal trainer Ernestine Shepherd. At 79 years old she is slaying stages and competitions with her body building skills and perfectly sculpted body. But, would you believe us if we told you, she wasn't always this way? We're sharing the story of this world record holder and all around diva, along with a few tips on how you can begin your body transformation as well. Ms. Ernestine Shepherd wasn't always into to athletics. To be honest, she was a certified girly girl. At the age of 56, however, things changed. The loss of her sister drew her closer to an activity they had started together (going to the gym) and from there Shepherd began to transform her...

Women and HIV

Women and HIV

We've discussed at length the various symptoms and how HIV affects the lives of those who have become infected with the virus. What we haven't talked about is how women, in particular, are affected by HIV and the unique complications that come along with a diagnosis. Here are a few issues that may affect the health of women in the event of an HIV infection. STI's & STD's  When it comes to women and HIV, there are a few sexually transmitted infections/diseases that affect women who have been diagnosed differently than those who haven't. Those infections and diseases are genital herpes, chancroid, and pelvic inflammatory disease. For each of these infections/diseases, women who have been infected with HIV may take longer to recover, sores make be slower...

Miss USA Deshauna Barber

Breaking Boundaries with Miss USA Deshauna Barber

Almost a year ago at the Miss USA 2016 pageant, it was announced that "District of Columbia!" was be to crowned the next Miss USA. That beauty queen was Deshauna Barber, an African American woman who broke countless boundaries with her flawless performance and now, legendary win. Here's everything you should know about our #wcw, KICKSTART special guest, and beauty queen Deshauna Barber. 5 Things You Should Know about Miss USA Deshauna Barber She is a member of the Army Reserves. Yes, you heard that right. This Miss USA is the first to hold the title while being an active member of the military. She credits her disciplined upbringing to helpi her excel both in the military AND in the pageantry world. Training, research, and holding...

HIV Stats

Let’s Talk Numbers: HIV Stats & Data You Should Know

Over the past couple of months we have been sharing all basic information about HIV, prevention, medications, what to do in the event of exposure and much more. Now, we're going to dig a little deeper and take a look at the numbers. Here're the main HIV stats and data that you should know. Although the United States has been making major strides over the years, when it comes to HIV infections, treatments, and quality of life for those who have been infected, it still remains a big medical issue, especially in communities of color. We hear about these things often, but rarely do we get a chance to see the big picture to really understand where we stand when it comes to HIV and AIDS. HIV...

Naturally Temi

Fabulously Natural with @NaturallyTemi

You know those natural hair guru’s that you see and immediately think “HAIR GOALS”. Yea, that’s how we feel about Temitope Adesina. Natural hair enthusiast and vlogger from the DMW. Whether you’re thinking about transitioning to natural hair or you’ve been in the game for awhile,you can find @naturallytemi serving natural hair inspo for days. Just one look at @naturallytemi’s Instagram will have you ready to get your natural hair together. Her gorgeous kinks and curls are always on fleek from cute jeweled updo’s to fluffed out fro’s. And it’s not just looks that she’s serving either. Within her popular Instagram and growing YouTube channel, you can find her sharing tips and dropping knowledge on all things natural hair and beauty related so you too can...

HIV infection

The Basics: Understanding HIV

We've been discussing HIV every week here on Black Girl Health and we understand it can be a lot of information to take in. For those who are just beginning to get informed about HIV, here is some basic info to get started. What is HIV? HIV stands for "human immunodeficiency virus". As its name suggests, HIV is technically a virus that leads to an HIV infection. The term HIV itself is often used interchangeably to discuss both the virus and the infection. It is a virus that attacks the body's immune system making it difficult to fight infections and disease. At the worst stage of an HIV infection is AIDS. How is HIV Spread? HIV is spread through bodily fluids. This can include blood, breast milk, semen, and...

Preventive HIV vaccine

What You Should Know About the Preventative HIV Vaccine

Did you know: a way to proactively prevent HIV is with a preventive HIV vaccine? This vaccine is for people who are not infected and who would like to prevent a future infection. Although this preventive HIV vaccine is currently available, there's a few things you should know before deciding if this prevention method is right for you. If you've done any research on HIV prevention, you may have come across the relatively new option of a preventative HIV vaccine. This HIV vaccine works to train a person's immune system to fight the HIV infection in the case of exposure. Like any vaccine, the preventive HIV vaccine comes with a lot of questions. The main one being, can you actually get HIV from taking the vaccine. Currently,...

African Americans

How HIV Affects African Americans

According a CDC report, African Americans that are living with HIV are less likely than their white or Latino counterparts to receive medical care and treatment. Even though HIV diagnoses have been on the decline, this statistic brings to light how far we have to go when it comes to bridging the gap between medical care and HIV in our communities. The fact that HIV diagnosis rates are steadily declining across demographics is a promising sign of progress. In the Black community specifically there has been a 42% decrease in HIV diagnosis amongst African American women since 2005. However, there are still disparities between African Americans and other ethnicities that remain. For starters, even though Black people make up just 12% of the United States population, they...

dry hair

SUFFERING DRY SCALP, DRY HAIR OR BREAKAGE?

Dry scalp, dry hair and hair breakage can be very frustrating  as our hair is ‘our crown and glory’! Does your scalp look dry despite using lots of moisturizers, deep conditioners or hot oil treatments ? This might be why. Most commonly, your scalp may have dandruff or in medical terms, ‘seborrheic dermatis’. Your scalp may not be dry from lack of oil but actually flaking off from overgrowth of yeast with possible itching. The excess hair products can worsen yeast, especially if scalp is not washed regularly. Often, we fear that if we shampoo too much, our hair will get too dry but, scalp is skin that is connected to the back of your neck and face which we wash every day.  So, why do...

Know your Risk Behavior

HIV Exposure: Know Your Risk

Did you know that there are certain behaviors that can put you more at risk of getting HIV? And did you that many of these behaviors are easily controlled by you? The first step in protecting yourself and preventing exposure to HIV is knowledge. Learn about HIV exposure and risk behaviors to know and reduce your risk. The risk of getting of HIV is not one size fits all. Depending on the method of exposure to HIV and the risk behavior that is involved, the risk will vary. For example, there are certain types of HIV exposure that carry a higher risk of transmission than some other kinds of risks. Likewise, there are other types of exposures that carry such a small risk that it's hard...