Can You Get HIV From A Women's Menstrual Cycle

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The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...and poor nutrition. Finally, body weight changes, stress and too much exercise can interrupt the menstrual hormone necessary for normal periods to occur. Anemia is very common among HIV-positive women and may be related to abnormal menstrual cycles. Since anemia has been shown to be a risk factor for progression of HIV disease, it is important to talk to your doctor about whether you are anemic and what treatments or preventive measures you...
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Menstrual periods and recent HIV infection

I was wondering if ARS could cause my period to be two weeks late. I did not really show any of the other symptoms, but I'm pretty regular and am kind of worried.
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...itself an indication, nor a symptom, of recent HIV infection. However women at risk for HIV may have amenorrhea and irregular menstrual cycles more often, especially if they have a history of drug abuse. There are also other medical reasons... Read more »

semen or vaginal secretion

since hiv is primarly transmitted through sex i was wondering does men carry more hiv then women... is there more hiv in semen or is there more hiv in vaginal secretion or is it about the same for both male and females?????
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...Probably more in men, although the level is affected by many things including presence of sexually transmitted diseases, menstrual cycle, hormones, blood viral load levels, HIV treatment and underlying genetics and immune system. Read more »

HIV and menstruation

Hi Dr. Bob,Hope you are well! Obviously this isn't something that you can share direct knowledge about but figured I'd give it a go anyway. I've read in quite a few places that for women with HIV some of the first problems show as gynecologial...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...cause bleeding. Other medical conditions, including thyroid abnormalities and low platelet counts, can interfere with regular menstrual cycles. Extreme weight loss or being underweight can cause acquired gonadotropin releasing hormone deficiency,... Read more »

early menopause

I am 36.5 yrs old, have been hiv pos for 2 yrs. Am on truvada,ritonavir,atazanavir. Lately i feel like I may be going throu early menopause. I have night sweats,hot flashes, all the symptoms that are usually described. What are the stats regarding...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Female hormone levels may be changed due to HIV medications such as protease inhibitors in some women they may magnifiy or alter menstrual cycle related symptoms. There are blood tests that can be done (such as FSH levels) to help sort out what... Read more »
Project Inform

Ritonavir and Menstruation

...excessive menstrual bleeding, a condition known as hypermenorrhea. The study followed a group of ten HIV+ women, all of whom had normal menstrual cycles and hemoglobin levels (a measurement of how much oxygen is being carried by the red blood... Read more »
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Menstrual Disorders in HIV-Infected Women

...suggests that pregnancy is unlikely. Menses that vary in frequency, duration, or amount from what is considered to be a normal menstrual cycle for a given patient are considered irregular. The accepted terms for abnormal uterine bleeding... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

The Feminization of an Epidemic

...with female-controlled prevention modalities. Women may also be at increased risk of infection during certain phases of their menstrual cycles (7-10 days following ovulation) because of hormonal interactions with the immune system, 13 though... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...hormones. It has also been noted that viral load and the level of certain HIV drugs go up and down during the course of a single menstrual cycle. This could have an impact on drug dosing and timing of viral load tests in women. Understanding... Read more »
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