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Dear Auntie, my Auntie was just diagnosed with cervical cancer and I want to get involved with spreading awareness. She mentioned that January is cervical cancer awareness month. What can I do?

What an awesome niece you are! I’ve got some great things that you can do… Wear turquoise on Turquoise Tuesday, January 19th and share on social media using #TurquoiseTuesday to show your support for cervical cancer awareness in Indian Country Get Screened Talk to your healthcare provider about cervical cancer screening and the HPV vaccine, which is recommended for youth…

Hey Auntie, I’m coming back from college and I’m a little worried about coming home and getting my family sick. I know of someone who was asymptomatic and got his whole family sick. Some of my family is calling me paranoid or are saying that I’m going overboard, but I just don’t want to get anyone sick, especially my grandma.

This is such a great question! Thank you for writing in. 😊 You’re definitely not being paranoid or overreacting. The rate of reported COVID cases is at its highest and is projected to keep rising during the holiday season. Some things you can do are to: • Get your flu shot before you travel • Always wear a mask in…

Dear Cousin Lael, my family is really opposed to getting the flu shot because they think they’ll get sick and that the government is trying to dope them. What do I say to them?

Well, I totally get where your family is coming from. The US government has a history of being very violent towards tribes and Native communities, including when it comes to medicine and health care. What you can say to your family to explain the flu shot is that this year especially it is important to get flu shots because it…

I’m sure you’ve been hearing about the coronavirus?

Hey there! I’m sure you’ve been hearing about the coronavirus nonstop. I just wanted to break things down very simply for you. We know the virus is spread from being in close contact with someone who is infected from their coughs or sneezes. To keep yourself healthy: Wash your hands as often as you can, long enough to sing the…

What is hepatitis C? Should I get tested?

My parents told me I needed to get tested for hepatitis C because I used IV drugs in the past and have some home piercings and tattoos. What is it exactly? Hepatitis C is a contagious infection that affects your liver that can cause liver cancer or liver failure if it’s not treated. Hepatitis C is spread mostly through contact with…

I’m having trouble sleeping, what can I do?

Hey Auntie, I’m 17 years old and I live a very active lifestyle. Sometimes I wake up at the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. I sometimes stay up all night. What can I do to get some rest? Great question! So there are basically three types of sleeping problems, which can be referred to as insomnia.…

What’s an HIV test like?

What’s an HIV test like? Hey George! So an HIV test will usually start off with a pre-test consultation. This is for you to ask any questions you might have about the test. One of two things will happen: a blood sample (from the arm or finger) or an oral fluid sample, depending on the type of test used at…
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