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Are HIV symptoms different in women?

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While men and women generally have similar warning signs, there are a few that affect only women:

  • Changes in your period. Lower belly pain. Vaginal yeast infections. Of course, these problems can happen for many reasons other than HIV. Your doctor can help figure out what's going on.

SOURCES:

CDC: “About HIV/AIDS;” “Diseases Characterized by Genital, Anal, or Perianal Ulcers;” and “HIV Basics: Prevention.”

Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Genital Ulcers;” “Menstrual Problems;” “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease;” and “Vaginal Yeast Infections.”

Aids.gov: “How Can I Tell If I Have HIV?” and “When One Partner is HIV+.”

NIH: “HIV and Women.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on February 20, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “About HIV/AIDS;” “Diseases Characterized by Genital, Anal, or Perianal Ulcers;” and “HIV Basics: Prevention.”

Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Genital Ulcers;” “Menstrual Problems;” “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease;” and “Vaginal Yeast Infections.”

Aids.gov: “How Can I Tell If I Have HIV?” and “When One Partner is HIV+.”

NIH: “HIV and Women.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on February 20, 2018

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