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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Women’s Health Coverage and Access to Care

Using data from the 2001 Kaiser Women’s Health Survey, a nationally representative survey of nearly 4,000 women between the ages of 18 to 64, this issue brief explores racial and ethnic disparities in health care among women. It provides new information on the differences in health status, health insurance coverage,…

Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States: Setting an Agenda for the Future

Women represent almost one in three new HIV infections in the U.S. and the share of women among reported AIDS cases has more than tripled since 1986 from 7% to 26% of reported cases in 2001. Women of color, particularly African American women, have been hard hit, accounting for the…

Dimensions of New Contraceptives: Norplant and Poor Women

Leading reproductive health and family planning experts consider the social policy and public health implications of Norplant, a long-acting method of birth control. This publication was produced as part of the Kaiser Forums program, an ongoing series of issue-specific briefings at which policy makers, health experts, practitioners, and others discuss…

The Use of Mainstream Media to Encourage Social Responsibility: The International Experience

An examination of how other countries have used the popular media to promote social responsibility, particularly in the area of sexual and reproductive behavior. In addition to providing an overview about the evolution of “entertainment-education,” the report provides case studies of initiatives world-wide ranging from Mexican “telenovelas” to an Indian…

One Year Later: Medical Abortion After FDA Approval

On September 28, 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved mifepristone (RU486), the first dedicated medical abortion pill regimen. Many advocates on both sides of the abortion debate predicted that arrival of this new option would transform the abortion landscape – for women, for doctors, and for politicians. So,…

Condom Ads on TV: Unwrapping the Controversy

Ever seen a condom advertised on TV? Up until a few years ago, the answer was almost always “no.” But condoms and other topics once considered “taboo” are beginning to make an appearance on the small screen. A number of leading broadcast networks, as well as cable channels have in…

Women’s Health Care Providers STD Counseling and Testing

Many women rely on their physicians to help them assess whether they are at risk for STDs and to provide them with information about testing, treatment and how to protect themselves. To better understand how often they discuss and screen for STDs, including HIV, the Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed 767…

Sexual Health of Young African Americans in the U.S.

African Americans represent twelve percent of the U.S. population, or approximately 35 million people, but have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Fact Sheet:

Health News Index – March/April 2003

The Health News Index measures public attention to and knowledge about leading health stories covered in the news in February and March. The Health News Index is designed to help news media and people in the health field gain a better understanding of which health stories Americans are following and…