What are the Symptoms of HIV in Women?

date: 6 June 2024

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HIV symptoms in women can vary and may be subtle. Recognizing these symptoms early is crucial for timely diagnosis and treatment.

Flu-like Symptoms

Early HIV symptoms can mimic the flu, including fever, chills, sore throat, and fatigue. These symptoms typically appear 2-4 weeks after exposure.

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Swollen Lymph Nodes

Swollen lymph nodes, especially in the neck and armpits, can be an early sign of HIV as the body fights the infection.

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Skin Rashes

HIV can cause skin rashes that are often itchy and red. These rashes can appear anywhere on the body and are common in the early stages.

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Vaginal Infections

Frequent or severe vaginal infections, such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis, may indicate a weakened immune system due to HIV.

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Menstrual Changes

HIV can cause menstrual irregularities, including missed periods, lighter or heavier menstrual flow, and more severe PMS symptoms.

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Weight Loss

Unexplained weight loss is a common symptom of advanced HIV infection, often due to chronic diarrhea and loss of appetite.

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Night Sweats

Severe night sweats that soak through clothing and bedding are a common symptom in the later stages of HIV infection.

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Persistent Fatigue Chronic fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest can be a symptom of HIV, as the body continuously fights the virus.

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Conclusion Recognizing HIV symptoms early is vital for effective treatment.  If you experience these symptoms, consult a healthcare provider for testing and guidance.


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