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On Our Own Terms (OOOT) is an initiative of the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI). OOOT is an informed network of organizations and experts who are focused on the prevention of HIV for, by and about Black cis and transgender women, as well as the care and treatment of women living with HIV.

why now

We simply don’t have time to waste.

According to the latest available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 60 percent of all new HIV diagnoses in the US are among Black women. While their rates of infection are finally dropping (by 25 percent), we still have the highest rates among all women. In fact, Black women still have nearly 15 times the rate as their white counterparts, and five times the rate of Latinas. Black women and women of color must finally be a priority in policy and action in the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Our work combines evidence-based practices, cross-sector collaborations and the strengthening of community assets to lift up the sexual health and well being of Black women. OOOT is highlighting our mutual abilities to deliver innovative solutions and make a lasting investment in prevention.

We’ve teamed up with legendary actress Keshia Knight Pulliam for a PSA urging you to Own Your Ish when it comes to your sexual health!

of Black women living with HIV contracted HIV through heterosexual contact
of HIV diagnoses were among African American Transgender women in 2014.
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Come on @candicedenise with a good word!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

Your healing is for you, not them! #healingjourney #blackgirlhealing

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Being a mother doesn’t mean you can’t explore and prioritize your sexual health, sis! It’s so important to know your body, what you enjoy, and to keep the intimacy alive. Let’s break the stigma and celebrate our right to a fulfilling sexual life.

Curious about building your sexual health toolbox? Visit to learn more and take charge of your sexual wellness!

#BlackMomsMatter #SexualHealth #blackwomenshealth #IAmHIVPossible #PrEP

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Celebrating our president Linda Goler Blount! She received the Black Women’s Health Vanguard Blossom Award at the White Dress Project’s Night in White, 10-year celebration. Linda’s dedication to advancing Black women’s health is truly inspiring. Here’s to her leadership and commitment to our community! @wecanwearwhite
#BlackWomenHealth #LeadershipExcellence

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We checked in with one of our faves, Dr. Ayanna Abrams @dr_ayanna_a , who offers this advice on protecting your peace during these times:
🙈 It’s okay to avoid graphic or intense images that might be too much for you.
📰 Limit your news intake by choosing 2-3 trusted sources, and take news breaks during meals to enjoy some light-hearted or quiet moments—big shoutout to monotasking!
✌🏾Save your energy and skip the debates in comment sections. It’s important to stay calm and not get pulled into online conflicts.
🖤 Allow yourself to feel all your emotions. These feelings are normal responses to unpredictable events.
🗣️ If you need to talk about recent events, make a short list of trusted people. Reach out for a chat, making sure they’re open and able to discuss these topics.

💫 What are you doing today to protect your peace, energy, or soul? Drop a tip in the comments to help us all support each other through these times.

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We are still on cloud nine from the DC screening of our film ‘Me Period’ co-curated with our friends at @wecanwearwhite who are celebrating their 10 year anniversary. This was the perfect way to finish the week after last week’s @essencefilmfestival award. Thank you to everyone who attended and a special shout out to @deliangoncalves who moderated our panel after the film and also the @theblackgirltribe who is doing amazing things with young tweens and teens in the DMV area. 💜 Big thanks to the BWHI TEAM for making this such a great event. 🙌🏾 Visit to access resources and sign up for alerts to find out when you can watch this impactful film.
#meperiod #blackwomenshealth

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Being a Black woman is the ultimate flex! We navigate with strength, grace, and resilience. Our beauty is unmatched, our voices are powerful, and our presence is history in motion. Embrace your magic, sis. You are the epitome of strength and grace. 💪🏾👑 #BlackWomenRock #UnapologeticallyBlack ...

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Just a head of the Paris Olympics, We love it!

Seeing little Black girls shine is pure magic! Their dedication, strength, and grace are awe-inspiring. Every skill is a testament to their hard work and dreams. Keep shining, @missnovagirl

#BlackGirlMagic #GymnasticsQueens #SupportOurGirls #ParisOlympics

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We love to see this relationship between @itsshacarri and her braider @hairbykey___

The bond between a black woman and her hairstylist is a cherished relationship built on trust, creativity, and understanding. It’s more than just hair; it’s about empowerment, self-expression, and feeling confident in our own skin.

Our hair is a reflection of our identity, culture, history, and resilience —a source of pride and beauty.
#BlackHairJoy #CelebrateBlackHair

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Here’s what happens when we start open conversations about health across generations, break down stigma, and empower with education. 🙌🏾 We’re thrilled to unveil the trailer for ‘Me Period,’ our groundbreaking documentary featuring @iamtabithabrown, @choycebrown, @thesherylleeralph @ivycoco23, @theperioddoctor and everyday families as they explore menstruation and health discovery. 💜We’re fresh off winning the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the @essencefilmfestival! Next up is Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival @mvaaff. Dive in, please share, and help amplify our movement at You can help this vital film reach a global audience! #meperiod #blackwomensheath #puberty #blackteens ...

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When Black women are paid less than their white counterparts, it impacts their finances today & financial futures.

An economy that supports Black women is an economy that supports us all. #BlackWomensEqualPayDay

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“Medical imaging, because of its position on the front lines of diagnoses, has a particularly unique role in mitigating healthcare inequity. Imaging practitioners possess an opportunity to rectify the disparities faced by women and minorities in accessing comprehensive healthcare.”

Investing in women’s health shouldn’t just be a metric on the equity dashboard—it should drive policy and action.

Read more about imaging initiatives aimed at closing the gap in healthcare disparities. Click the Link in Bio

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We WON y’all!!! 🙌🏾 Excited to announce that we won the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at @essencefilmfestival 💜 Special shout out to our founder Byllye Avery and President Linda Goler Blount for their vision and to @captcunningham for directing this powerful project produced by @radiant3at| and powered by P&G Studios! We would like to thank the Essence Film Festival for this incredible honor and the opportunity to highlight such an important topic and our amazing talent @iamtabithabrown @choycebrown @thesherylleeralph @ivycoco23 as well as all of the families that participated. @tarachogan thank you for believing in this project from day 1!! #meperiod #essencefilmfestival #documentary #blackwomenshealth ...

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True success is all about loving and accepting who you are. Embrace your journey, your strengths, and your flaws. When you’re happy with yourself, everything else falls into place. #SelfLove #TrueSuccess #BeYou ...

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Let’s buckle up and PrEpare for the ride with our I Am HIV Possible Campaign at @essencefest! We partnered with @nmachiv so come see us in the Community Health Hub today and tomorrow.

We have themed giveaways and cool swag from our friends at

#EssenceFest #IAmHIVPossible #blackwomenshealth #Prep

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RP: @iamsurvivingvegan

Food is more than just nourishment—it’s medicine too! From soul-soothing stews to vibrant veggies, our plates can heal and empower us.

What’s your go-to dish for wellness? Share your favorites below! 🌿🍲

#FoodIsMedicine #HealthyEating #SoulFood”

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Exciting News! Our “Me Period” documentary has been accepted into the Essence Film Festival!

This powerful documentary opens up honest conversations about menstruation, empowering our girls with essential knowledge and breaking the silence around periods.

We’re thrilled to share this journey with the world and celebrate this milestone together. If you are at the Essence Festival, join us for the screening on Sunday!

Honoring the beauty and strength of Black womanhood with @iamtabithabrown @choycebrown @thesherylleeralph @ivycoco23 and so many amazing moms and daughters!

#MePeriod #EssenceFilmFestival #EssenceFest #BlackGirlMagic #BreakingTheSilence

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To all the amazing parents and caregivers of children and adults with special needs: we see you!! Your journey is a testament to resilience and boundless love. 💜💜💜💜 @sherrieshepherd #SpecialNeedsFamilies #CelebrateYourWay #UnseenHeroes ...

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In our journey to a healthier lifestyle, let’s not forget our elders! 🧓🏽👵🏾 Including them in our wellness routines brings joy, wisdom, and togetherness. Whether it’s taking a walk, cooking nutritious meals, or sharing stories, our elders have so much to offer and gain. Let’s cherish and uplift our entire community, young and old.

RP: @amberjyoga 🙌🏾👏🏾

#HealthyLiving #CommunityWellness #FamilyHealth #ElderCare #BlackExcellence

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Celebrating Independence Day with a tribute to Ida B. Wells!

Ida B. Wells was a fearless journalist, civil rights activist, and suffragist who dedicated her life to fighting for justice and equality. Her courageous investigative journalism exposed the horrors of lynching and sparked crucial conversations about racial injustice in America.

Today, as we commemorate our nation’s independence, let’s honor Ida B. Wells for her unwavering commitment to freedom, equality, and the pursuit of justice for all. Her legacy continues to inspire us to stand up against injustice and strive for a more inclusive and equitable society.

Art by Makeba Rainey @justkeebs

#IndependenceDay #BlackWomenLead #Resilience #blackwomenshealth

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