HIV and Women: 10 Common HIV symptoms in women

10 Common HIV symptoms

Early symptoms of HIV infection may be mild and easily dismissed. But even without noticeable symptoms, an infected person can still pass the virus to others. That’s one of many reasons why it’s important to know if you have the disease.

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If you’re a woman, you may wonder how HIV symptoms for you might differ from those for men. Many symptoms of HIV  are the same for men and women, but not all. Here’s a list of 10 common symptoms, including those that are specific to women

1. Early symptoms of HIV

In the early weeks after becoming infected with HIV, it’s not uncommon for people to be without symptoms of HIV . Some people may have mild flu-like symptoms, including:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • lack of energy

Often, these symptoms go away within a few weeks. In some cases, it may take as many as 10 years for more severe symptoms to appear.

2. Skin rashes and skin sores

Most people with HIV develop Skin problems  Rash is the most common symptom of HIV. In a person with HIV, the skin can become extremely sensitive to irritants and sunlight. A rash may appear as a flat red patch with small bumps, and skin may become flaky.

Sores, or lesions, may form on the skin of the mouth, genitals, and anus, and may be difficult to treat. People with HIV are also at increased risk of herpes and shingles  With proper medication, skin problems may become less severe.

3.Swollen glands as symptoms of HIV

We all have lymph nodes throughout our bodies, including the neck, back of the head, armpits, and groin. As part of the immune system , our lymph nodes fend off infections by storing immune cells and filtering for harmful substances. As the HIV infection begins to spread, the immune system kicks into high gear. The result is enlarged lymph nodes commonly known as swollen glands. It’s often one of the first signs of HIV. In people infected with HIV, swollen glands may last for several months.

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