Cervical Health Awareness Month

How much do you know about cervical cancer? The American Cancer Society and the CDC have provided some facts about cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine.

What you need to know about cervical cancer.

The human papillomavirus or HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. Cervical cancer is preventable with vaccines and regular screening tests. Cervical cancer can be found early and even prevented with routine screening tests.

Do only women need to be concerned about HPV?

No! Any man or woman who has ever had any sexual contact with another person can get HPV, even if they only had one partner, however infections are more likely in people who have had many sex partners. Because males can get HPV, vaccines are also given to pre-teen boys and girls to protect them from HPV infections. These vaccines are recommended at ages 11 or 12, but can start as early as age 9.

Once vaccinated against HPV, women still need Pap tests and HPV tests. 

All women should have cervical cancer screenings beginning at age 21. Women ages 21 to 29 should receive a Pap test every 3 years.

HPV infection is very common.

Most HPV infections are cleared by the body without causing problems, but some infections do not clear and can lead to cell changes that might cause cancer. You cannot get HPV from toilet seats, hugging or holding hands, swimming pools or hot tubs, sharing food or utensils, or being unclean. There’s no treatment for the virus itself, but there are treatments for the cell changes that HPV can cause.

Learn more at cancer.org/fightcervicalcancer.

Denton South Providers

Our providers at Denton South Center are here to provide you with the quality medical care you expect from HSNT. Find out more about our services here: https://www.healthntx.org/index.php/womens-health-and-family-planning/

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When To See Your Doctor

Do you have a cold or the flu? Medical Director Dr. Siegel, offers advice on when it is time to see your doctor.

Feeling under the weather? Give us a call and schedule an appointment today at 940-381-1501 or click here to request an appointment online.

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A Bit of HSNT History

Barbara McCraw

A Message from Health Services of North Texas CEO, Doreen Rue

HSNT has a rich history of caring for those in our community that need us the most and one of our founding community advocates, Barbara McCraw has been there with us since the very beginning. Barbara McCraw, Master Quilter, is a community advocate, friend to HSNT and many community groups. Barbara and Ernie McCraw connected to HSNT as soon as they moved to Denton in 1995. They served as volunteers, Board Members, donors, advocates, and friend to many staff and clients.  

HSNT recently learned through an article in the Denton Record Chronicle that Barbara’s passion for quilting began when she was volunteering at ASNT.

Denton Record Chronicle Article about Barbara McCraw: https://www.dentonrc.com

Doreen responds to Ernie regarding the Denton RC article:

I didn’t know the Names Project launched Barbara’s passion for quilting. You are both forever stitched in the fabric and mission of HSNT. Thank you for the love and kindness you bring to so many.

Message from Ernie McCraw:

Doreen Rue, we are so proud of you and the entire staff at Health Services of North Texas for providing such great health care for everyone no matter their ability to pay.  You all have more than doubled what we ever thought the organization would be able to achieve when we were a small, struggling 501C.  The Sales, both Rick and Teel feel the same about what you all have done for so many people.  Sending our love to the entire staff and clients.  And YES, Barb started quilting from the meeting room at ASNT on Fort Worth Drive where several clients and relatives of AIDS victims met weekly to quilt.  She did a Names Project quilt for Rick and Teel Sale’s son and that’s how we became such good friends.

Doreen’s message to all:

I am thankful to all who fought to start and keep HSNT (formerly ASNT) going through the early years and for their continued support as we continue the mission of serving the community.

To learn about the Names Project, follow the link.  https://www.aidsquilt.org/

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The Aldridges Talk About The Benefits of Volunteering

Ron and Cheryl Aldridge

Ron and Cheryl Aldridge have been volunteering for years. For Cheryl, her love for helping others started when she was in high school, while Ron started volunteering after his military career was over. They both have given so much of their time to helping the community, that they received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Hearts & Heroes ceremony.

While volunteer is a wonderful way to spend your time, we also wondered if it had any benefits for your health. It was no surprise that there are many benefits to volunteering.

According to the Mayo Clinic, volunteering keeps you physically and mentally active, decrease the risk of depression, reduce stress levels, develop new relationships and possibly help you live longer.

Read more about the benefits of volunteering: https://mayoclinichealthsystem.org

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drinking and driving don’t mix. Drive sober or get pulled over! Every day, almost 30 alcohol-impaired drivers in the United States die in car crashes. Drunk driving accidents claim more than 10,000 lives a year. If you drive while impaired, you could get arrested, or worse—be involved in a traffic crash that causes serious injury or death.

If you plan on drinking, make sure you find a safe ride home. Have a designated driver, call a ride-share (like Uber or Lyft). Download the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s SaferRide app which helps you identify your location and call someone to pick you up.

With so many options, there is NO need to drive under the influence.

Get more information about drinking and driving at nhtsa.gov

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