Hiv Affect Menstrual Cycle Early

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The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...Further research is needed to check whether differences in disease progression are linked to sex 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 more about sex differences in viral load will lead to better care for HIV-positive women. In the...
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Can two HIV negative men develop HIV/AIDS from having unprotected sex with each other?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...infected.If you think you might have been exposed to HIV, you should get tested as soon as possible. Here's why: Even in the early stages of infection, you can take concrete steps to protect your long-term health. Regular check-ups with a doctor... 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
... BobMenstruation, Menopause, and HIVThere is a growing need for research about the effects of HIV on the menstrual cycle and menopause. HIV positive women and their care providers need to... Read more »

Do I need to start HAART?

I was infected in May 08My lab tests are :2 Oct 08 - 390, 17.0%, VL 65K30 Jan 09 - 342, 19.0%, VL 45K27 May 09 - 368, 17.5%, VL 14KI am asymtomatic except for swollen lymph node, and catching cold and sore throat more often now than before getting...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...would significantly decrease the risk of viral transmission. Also you should time your unprotected nookies to the period in your menstrual cycle when you are most likely to conceive. Before going into additional detail, I recommend you first... Read more »

Does HIV affect menstrual cycles?

I was wondering if there has been any studies done on the effect of HIV and or HIV drugs on the menstrual cycles. I'm 40 years old and have had many problems with my period, but these last two years, it has gotten extremely worse. My doctor thinks...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...Studies have indeed addressed the relationship between HIV and menstrual cycles. For the most part, neither HIV nor the HIV medications affect the menstrual cycle. However, patients who have AIDS and AIDSRead 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 »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Menstruation, Menopause and HIV

... Introduction The Menstrual Cycle Menstrual Irregularities in Women with HIV Menopause HIV and Menopause Osteopenia and Osteoporosis Cardiovascular Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV and Hormones

...the normal age of menopause, oral contraceptives may be used to restore levels of estrogen and progesterone and re-establish normal menstrual cycles. For older women undergoing menopause, physicians have traditionally offered HRT using either... Read more »
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