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Treatment Issues for Women

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Introduction Hormones and HIV Anemia Gut Health Muscle Mass Lipodystrophy Bone Health GYN Care Period Problems Yeast Infections Herpes Genital Tract Infections HPV and Cervical Dysplasia Anal HPV and Anal ...

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Treatment Issues for Women: Herpes


Many positive women have problems with genital herpes, an infection caused by a virus (called herpes simplex virus) that lives inside nerve cells. Since herpes is transmitted through skin to skin contact, condoms don't always protect you from...

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Treatment Issues for Women: Genital Tract Infections

Genital Tract Infections

Your vagina, cervix, ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes are all part of your genital tract. Most genital tract infections begin in the vagina, where they're usually treated relatively easily. Many -- but not all -- of these...

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Treatment Issues for Women: Resources


Organizations for HIV+ Women Newsletters for Positive Women Free Publications Online Sources of Treatment Information

Organizations for HIV+ Women

Women Alive Los Angeles, CA (323) 965-1564 Hotline: (800) 554-4876 www.w...

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Treatment Issues for Women: Anemia


If you're feeling tired, ask your doctor to do a blood test for anemia. Anemia is a shortage of red blood cells or hemoglobin, a protein found inside red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. If oxygen is i...

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Treatment Issues for Women: Gut Health

Gut Health

A healthy intestinal tract is critical to help your body get all the nutrients it needs from the food you eat. HIV can affect the intestinal lining, as can various infections that people with HIV sometimes get. Many medications can also c...

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Treatment Issues for Women: Lipodystrophy


Lipodystrophy is the name given to a cluster of body changes that sometimes occur in people living with HIV, especially people taking antiretroviral drugs. We don't know exactly what causes it and not everyone agrees on a definition. A...

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Treatment Issues for Women: Bone Health

Bone Health

When we're young, our bones get stronger as we grow. At some point, perhaps around age 30, we stop building bone. Our bones get weaker as we get older, and women in general experience bone loss at a much higher rate than men.

Even witho...

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Treatment Issues for Women: Period Problems

Period Problems

Many positive women experience an abnormal or changing menstrual cycle. Although it's easy to want to forget about them, we need to pay attention to our periods -- especially any changes in the amount of bleeding or pain. The followi...

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Treatment Issues for Women: Yeast Infections (Vaginal Candidiasis)

Yeast Infections (Vaginal Candidiasis)

Your immune system, hormones, and "friendly" bacteria in your vagina all play an important role in keeping your vagina lubricated and healthy. Changes in your immune status, hormonal balance, or the amount of b...