Health Matters for Women Newsletter

Health Matters for Women newsletter from CDC. US Dept. of Health and Human Services

January 2023

Substance Use Among Persons with Syphilis During Pregnancy — Arizona and Georgia, 2018–2021
Substance use prevalence has increased among women with syphilis; however, its association with congenital syphilis is less clear. During 2018–2021, the prevalence of substance use among persons with syphilis during pregnancy in Arizona and Georgia was nearly twice as high among those with a congenital syphilis pregnancy outcome (48.1%) as among those without this outcome (24.6%).

Alcohol Use, Screening, and Brief Intervention Among Pregnant Persons — 24 U.S. Jurisdictions, 2017 and 2019
Alcohol screening and brief intervention is an evidence-based tool to reduce alcohol consumption in adults, including pregnant persons. In 2017 and 2019, during their most recent health care visit, 80% of pregnant persons reported being asked about their alcohol use; only 16% of those with past 30-day alcohol consumption were advised by a health care provider to quit or reduce their alcohol use.

Mpox Cases Among Cisgender Women and Pregnant Persons — United States, May 11–November 7, 2022
Data from the ongoing monkeypox (mpox) outbreak on cases in cisgender women and in pregnancy are limited. Among 769 mpox cases reported among U.S. cisgender women, Black or African American and Hispanic or Latino women were disproportionately affected.

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Questions of the Month for January 2023

Question: What is the primary cause of cervical cancer?

  1. Certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV)
  2. Irregular menstrual cycles
  3. Eating too much sugar

Answer: A. Certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).

Long-lasting infection with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. At least half of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives, but few women will get cervical cancer. Screening tests and the HPV vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life. Learn more: Basic Information About Cervical Cancer | CDC