Doctor, I was recently sexually active with my bf. And, I am worried about HIV now. I need to know if it can happen to me? What are the symptoms visible in women with HIV disease?
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Dr. Raveendran SR

Diabetologist, Sexologist, Medical Microbiologist

Women’s bodies undergo seroconversion within a few weeks of contracting HIV. During this period, the virus multiplies rapidly and causes a flu-like illness termed acute HIV infection. Once the initial period is over, more symptoms may develop, especially if the person does not get treatment. HIV symptoms in women include: Flu-Like Symptoms The immune system tries to fight the virus, and symptoms include headaches, fatigue, sneezing, congestion, coughing, low-grade fever. The symptoms manifest two to six weeks after contracting HIV, and they persist between a week to a month. A lot of acute HIV infection symptoms are common in women and men. But women also experience other symptoms like swollen lymph nodes. The neck feels swollen right behind the ears or the jaw. The swelling causes trouble swallowing, and lasts anywhere from a couple of days to several months. HIV also increases the risk of contracting vaginal yeast infections, and symptoms include painful sex, painful urination, white vaginal discharge, and burning sensation in and around the vulva and vagina. Although most women suffer from yeast infections from time to time, HIV increases the frequency of the infections.

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