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Call To Action:
HIV Postive Women

Spring 1996

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

What woman with HIV hasn't had problems with their menstrual cycle?

At the WORLD Retreat two years ago in Santa Cruz, I suggested that we make a list of menstrual complaints. Thirty six out of 40 women with HIV had some trouble with their periods.

The following is a list of symptoms which accompany our periods that were identified at the retreat.
  • Mood swings
  • Sweats and fevers
  • No periods at all
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • 3 periods per month
  • A period every six months
  • Irritability (Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde type )
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue (big time)
  • Anemia
  • Severe cramps
  • Water retention
  • Leg aches
  • Lower Back Pain

Write your symptoms down and send them to:
Dr. Anthony Fauci at NIAID
Bldg. 31 - Room 7A03C
9000 Rockville Pike
Rockville, Maryland 20892

SCREAM OUT! Maybe someone at the NIH could start researching this. Quite frankly, I'm very tired of being ignored.

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Send your letters today! No one will ever be able to give us answers if we don't demand it of them. How long are we going to accept that research has no information about our bodies? There is no data to guide us on how to treat our symptoms. Write letters today!


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A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!



  
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This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.
 
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