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#AskTheHIVDoc: Meet Dr. Flash!

Dr. Charlene Flash – an HIV specialist and primary care doctor based in Houston – joins the superstar roster of health care providers in the latest installment of #AskTheHIVDoc. This edition of the popular video series from Greater Than AIDS answers commonly asked questions about HIV prevention, testing and treatment – this time with a focus on women.

In a series of short, engaging FAQ-style videos, Dr. Flash provides the latest on topics like “What are the symptoms of HIV?” “How effective is PrEP?” and “Why are Black women at higher risk of HIV?”

"Do I need an HIV test?" A video from #AskTheHIVDoc Dr. FlashWith 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. Don’t be scared.”

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 – a co-founding partner in 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!”