There are very few symptoms of HIV infection that occur in women but not in men. However, there are some differences in the degree of severity in which these symptoms occur. While men may have more problems with certain aspects of HIV infection, women often experience many of these symptoms more severely. More than 43 percent of people with HIV are women, a percentage that has increased steadily since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s.
Some individuals who have been infected with HIV have no symptoms in the months after infection, while others may experience flu-like symptoms, which are easier to ignore than other diseases. These flu symptoms usually include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness and body aches, women who experience these symptoms may experience symptoms more acutely than their male . During acute HIV infection, women also can notice changes in their menstrual cycles, whether a start too early or late, or not having one or more of their cycles. Continue reading “Effects of HIV and AIDS on women”