What are the Signs and Symptoms of HIV in Women?

Anyone can get infected with HIV and it can exhibit varying symptoms for both men and women. Here are some of the most common symptoms of HIV that women inexperience. 

Symptoms of HIV in Women:

After several weeks of getting infected by HIV, there is a certain time period wherein the virus will spread in the body. The HIV virus will present flu-like symptoms, fever, and persistent cough and colds until it progresses. The virus will move depending on the immune system of a person.  Women who have a healthier and more active lifestyle will not manifest symptoms immediately. Once the immune system breaks down, and unhealthy eating patterns or stress occur HIV symptoms and flu-like symptoms will occur.
Symptoms of HIV for women will include:
  • Recurring headaches
  • Low-grade fever
  • Body malaise or fatigue
  • Persistent coughing
  • A runny nose, sneezing, and feeling of congestion
After HIV infection, swollen lymph nodes could mean that a person has HIV infection.  Swollen lymph nodes in the neck or under the jaw and behind the ears could be a sign of HIV infection.  Having a hard time swallowing food because it can also be a symptom of HIV.

Vaginal yeast infections can also be a sign that a woman has HIV, this is because the immune system of a person infected is so weak they can start having problems around their vaginal area.  If they feel the constant burning sensation in and around the vagina and vulva, if there is pain during sex, painful urination and thick, white vaginal discharge this could be a sign that they have the HIV virus. Women can have white discharge and yeast infections from time to time due to poor hygiene, but the ones that do not heal or recur from time to time could be an indication of a deeper health issue.

Weight Loss

Women who suddenly lose weight without even trying, who are suffering from nausea, diarrhea, poor food absorption, and sudden weight loss could be suffering from the HIV virus. Changes in mood including neurological disorders and depression can also be a sign that something is wrong in the body. Feelings of intense loneliness, sadness and memory loss, as well as stress, can also be part of the symptoms.

Skin Changes

Women who have HIV suddenly experience unusual spots that form of their skin, this could be red, pink, brown or purple and these spots can occur in the eyelids, nose, and mouth. Sores would also start developing in the mouth, genitals, and anus.

Disruption in Menstrual Cycles

HIV virus can also lead women to experience changes in their period, their period could suddenly be lighter or too heavy. There could also be sudden hormonal fluctuations, intense cramps, breast tenderness and sudden fatigue that gets worse no matter what medicine they take.

There is a big misconception that people who contract HIV will die right away from complications. This is simply not true because the immune system can recover. Even if a person has HIV for as long as they learn to eat healthily, work out daily and they have a healthy mindset and positive outlook in life there is a way for them to live a perfectly normal and happy life.

There are also current medications provided to people with HIV, there are antiretroviral medications that can help weaken the virus. There are also promising developments in the line of Stem Cell Therapy.

Stem Cell Therapy and HIV

California is at the forefront of technology, and medical experts and clinicians have countless research done when it comes to the HIV virus. As far as stem cell therapy is concerned, the human immunodeficiency virus is curable and it is just a matter of time before the masses can avail of it.  Leading Stem cell clinics like Feeling Good At Any Age The One Stop Rejuvenation Center in California headed by CEO Lourdes Duque Baron speaks of the many possibilities and potential for curing a number of diseases with the help of stem cell therapy.

The main approach is to heal a person’s immune system with one that the HIV virus cannot infect. Stem cell therapy procedures can do miracles and replace a person’s immune system and make it strong.  One of the greatest examples of how this is possible is through Timothy Ray Brown. Timothy Ray Brown is the ” Berlin Patient”. He had his HIV effectively cured, he has received a bone marrow transplant that was taken from a donor whose cells were resistant to HIV infection.  Due to stem cell therapy, he had another chance at life, and the HIV virus stopped mutating in his body, making him the first successful HIV patient who was cured using stem cell therapy.

Sources: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323835.php

https://www.cirm.ca.gov/our-progress/disease-information/hivaids-fact-sheet

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