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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...

Cervical Cancer

Treatment Issues for Women: Anal HPV and Anal Dysplasia

Anal HPV and Anal Dysplasia Anal HPV is common in women with HIV, especially women who've had genital warts, anal sex, or cervical dysplasia. One large study (called the Women's Interagency HIV Study) found anal HPV in 70% of positive women studied....

Treatment Issues for Women: Resources

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...

Treatment Issues for Women: Anemia

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...

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...

Nutrition

Treatment Issues for Women: Muscle Mass

Muscle Mass There is more benefit to having muscle than just looking good! Muscle provides important fuel for the day-to-day operations of the body, including fighting infections. If you lose more than 5% of your weight without trying (7 lbs. for a...

Treatment Issues for Women: Lipodystrophy

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...

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...

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...

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...