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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.
KESHIA video

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OOOT Video PHAB cast episode 1
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PhabCast Episode 1 Teaser 2

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Black is brilliance. Black is beautiful. Black history is everyday. ✨🖤

#Repost @thasongbird

#BlkWomensHealth #BHM #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackHistory365

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Today is National Change Your Password Day, so why not change it to one of your health goals or a mantra? Would you try this?

Affirming your goals is key to taking action! Save and share. ♻️

#BlkWomensHealth #ChangeYourPasswordDay

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We went from a conference in 1983, to a movement that would go on to change the lives of countless Black women and girls. BWHI was the first nonprofit organization created by Black women for Black women’s health.

Today, we honor our founder Byllye Avery, for her commitment to health equity and her contributions to Black history. This is HERstory. #40yearsIn #ForeverToGo

#BlkWomensHealth #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM

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When some communities are left out of research, health disparities can get worse. The @AllofUsResearch Program wants to fix this and hear YOUR health story!

#JoinAllofUsToday by enrolling via link in our bio.

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Y’all better come up here and get one of these! How cool is this low impact step machine. Would you try this?

@mirabelelume lost 35lbs doing this for an hour 4-5 days a week for 90 days. Whew, we are inspired! Get the deets on her page.

If you’re ready to start a healthy lifestyle to help prevent chronic conditions such as #diabetes, #highcholesterol etc, join our CYL2 community. It’s a FREE 12 month virtual class that’s culturally tailored for Black women. It only takes 5 mins to see if this program is a good fit for you. Download our BWHI app or visit

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Mental health affects all of us. Hear Monique share the story of her sister’s battle with mental health conditions, how it can impact a family, and her desire for researchers to learn more. Learn how participating in the @allofusresearch program may help at via the link in our bio. #JoinAllofUs
#mentalhealthmatters #minoritymentalhealth #healthresearch #healthandwellness #science #medicine #healthinfo #precisionmedicine

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Today we remember and honor the legacy of #CorettaScottKing.

April 27th, 1927 - January 30th, 2006. 💜🕊️


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The data is there and we will not be silenced. Our fight continues until all barriers to self-agency are eliminated.

#Repost @ajplus

For resources on accessing a safe abortion and our reproduction justice organizing guide, visit Link in bio.

#RoevWade #AbortionRights #BlkWomensHealth

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Collectively, we are starting to understand our feels and our triggers, and we are so here for it!

Another 💎 from @thestyleshaman.

#BlkWomensHealth #Anxiety

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When was the last time you asked a caregiver you know how can you support them? We know that caregivers need more than just acknowledgment that they are doing a good job. Remember sometimes it can be hard to ask for help.

We see you @iamgertrudejordan Thanks for this reminder. 💙
RP… It’s not a question of what we need but more of when can you do it.

Caregivers need a break, help, and physical and emotional support. As I look at my community of CareFriends, I see exhaustion, frustration, loneliness, and the need for physical and emotional support. Every parent is in a different stage, requiring a different type of need.

If you can, please step in and assist. Don’t ask. Just do! 💜

What is one thing you need? 👇🏾
Let’s chat.

#alz #care #alzheimerscaregiversupport #caregiver #careathome #caregiversmatter #dementia #dementiaawareness #dementiasupport #dementiacaregiver

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🏈 Are you hosting a watch party for the Big Game? If so, join us this Sunday for a LIVE DEMO of plant-based snacks!

Brought to you by our very own Dish Diva, Erin Taylor, who will show you how lighter and healthier options can balance out everything else.

Register NOW at or Link in bio!

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It’s time for communities of color to be included in the vital research that can help give us better health outcomes. The @AllofUsResearch program strives to make health + medical research more inclusive for all. Learn how ➡️ #LinkInBio ...

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THIS! 🎯 The mental, emotional, and psychological toll is overwhelming.

We are holding so much space for Tyre Nichols’ mother RowVaughn Wells, his family and everyone else who is impacted by this senseless loss.

#BlkWomensHealth #TyreNichols #RowVaughnWells

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She said what she said! 😂 Too cute! ❤️

Baby girl is already manifesting a bright future. Looking forward to welcoming her as part of the Divine 9!

🎥 TikTok @hr_bae_

#BlkWomensHealth #BlackGirlMagic

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Why is it essential for Black and African American people to join All of Us? So #researchers can look for patterns in our health and circumstances that affect the health of the Black population.

Learn how you can help by signing up via link in our bio. #JoinAllofUs @allofusresearch
#RepresentationMatters #diversity #instahealth #research

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If you’ve ever found yourself code-switching to win, you’re not alone. Powerful testimony from @iamtabithabrown. 🙌🏾

Shout out to everyone thats on their journey to embracing their authenticity, unapologetically.

#BlkWomensHealth #BWHIFairWork

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