News Release

Dr. Flash Joins #AsktheHIVDoc!

Short-form Q&A Video Series from Greater Than AIDS Focuses on Women & HIV

* March 10th is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day * 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 6, 2018 Dr. Charlene Flash, an HIV specialist and primary care doctor based in Houston, joins the roster of health care professionals participating in the latest installment of the popular Greater Than AIDS video series, #AskTheHIVDoc. Just in time for National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), this edition focuses on women.

In a series of short, engaging Q&A videos, Dr. Flash answers questions about HIV testing, prevention, and treatment, including, “What are the symptoms of HIV?” “How effective is PrEP?” and “Why are Black women at higher risk of HIV?”

With her easy-to-understand, direct style, Dr. Flash empowers viewers to make informed decisions and advocate about their sexual health care needs, “You do your part and I do my part. I’m going to walk with you.”

Of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in this country today, one in four is a woman. Women of color have been disproportionately affected, accounting for the most new infections occurring among women in the U.S. today.

“Dr. Flash is a great addition to #AskTheHIVDoc because she empowers her patients – and women everywhere – to get the facts and start these important conversations with their health care providers,” says Tina Hoff, Senior Vice President and Director of Health Communication and Media Partnerships, Kaiser Family Foundation – which operates Greater Than AIDS.

Let’s Talk About PrEP!

The latest #AskTheHIVDoc installment also features a segment specifically about PrEP – the pill to prevent HIV. In the same informative, straightforward style, Dr. Flash covers topics like how effective PrEP is, how it works for women, and what it takes to get on the pill.

“PrEP is a game-changer. For the first time, you have something that is completely woman-controlled. And that is empowering!”

To watch the full series, click here.

About Greater Than AIDS

Greater Than AIDS is a leading national public information response focused on the U.S. domestic epidemic. Launched in 2009 by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Greater Than AIDS is supported by a broad coalition of public and private sector partners, including: major media and other business leaders; Federal, state, and local health agencies and departments; national leadership groups; AIDS service and other community organizations; and foundations, among others. Through targeted media messages and community outreach, Greater Than AIDS works to increase knowledge, reduce stigma, and promote actions to stem the spread of the disease. While national in scope, Greater Than AIDS focuses on communities most affected.

About Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kaiser Family Foundation, a leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. The Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation based in San Francisco, California and is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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