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What conditions in women are caused by pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)?

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Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can cause lower belly pain. It’s one of the signs of an infection of the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). For some women, it’s one of the first red flags they have HIV. Along with lower belly pain, PID can cause:

  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Fever
  • Irregular periods
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain in the upper belly

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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