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So what are the common HIV symptoms in women?
Lymph nodes are found in the neck, groin, armpits, and back of the head. They store immune cells, which helps in harmful objects in the body. Once you are infected with the HIV virus, the lymph nodes, being part of the immune system, works harder to fight the virus. As a result, they get bigger; this is why they are known as swollen glands. This is among the first signs of HIV infection in women. You are advised to check with your physician if you feel that you have swollen glands.
CHANGE IN THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
You will notice a change in your monthly period. The blood flow may either be heavier or lighter than usual. You may sometime fail to spot the blood for months! In other cases, the premenstrual symptoms get to be extreme. Your estrogen and progesterone levels may increase, leading to mood swings, random irritability, unforeseen anxiety, headache, fatigue and emotional outbursts.
SKIN INFECTIONS AND RASHES
Your skin may become too sensitive to the environment. This includes sunlight, cold, dust, and other irritants. You will notice a red rash or patch in different parts of your body e.g. the torso, legs, and arms. Sometimes, sores may appear on the mouth, reproductive organs and around the asshole. Your skin shows signs of blistering and easily breaks. With medication, the rashes can be controlled.
The HIV virus attacks your immune system, making your body weak and vulnerable to diseases and infections from yeast and bacteria.
Yeast infections cause itching and swelling around the vagina. A normal vagina has bacteria and some yeast cells. When the bacteria and yeast don’t balance, the number of yeast cells increases; this is what causes the irritation.
The sore throat may be recurring, making it uncomfortable for you to consume food. Visit a doctor to see how the pain can be managed.
The body uses all the energy to fight the virus making, you feel tired and wasted. You constantly feel exhausted and have zero energy to do manual work. You may also find it hard to do physical exercises and often ask for help when doing simple daily tasks.
Sweating is the body’s way of releasing toxins. Extreme night sweats are however a concern. When the HIV gets in the body, you will experience
Get tested as often times as you can, this way, you will live being aware of your status and plan well for your future. Though HIV symptoms are almost similar for every infected person, there are some symptoms which are more common in women than men.
The best thing to do once you discover that you are infected is to go for counseling, take drugs, and eat a balanced diet. It is encouraging that the stigma faced by persons living with HIV has reduced over the years. People are more informed about the virus and have learned to co-exist with the victims.
As mentioned earlier, women are at a greater risk of getting infected because of biological and gender factors. Stay safe and remember to go for checkups after every few months.