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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 ...

By Angela Garcia, Claire Rappoport and Jennifer McGaugh for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America
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Treatment Issues for Women: Hormones and HIV

Hormones and HIV

Hormones are chemicals that act like messengers, traveling around in our body between the glands that make them and the cells, organs, and proteins they act upon. Hormones play an important role in the overall health of women living...

By Angela Garcia, Claire Rappoport and Jennifer McGaugh for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America
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Herpes

Treatment Issues for Women: Herpes

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...

By Angela Garcia, Claire Rappoport and Jennifer McGaugh for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America
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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...

By Angela Garcia, Claire Rappoport and Jennifer McGaugh for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America
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Cervical Cancer

Treatment Issues for Women: HPV and Cervical Dysplasia

HPV and Cervical Dysplasia

HPV (human papilloma virus) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Most women have at least one type of HPV during their lifetime, but only a few of us know we have it. There are over 100 strains, and it's poss...

By Angela Garcia, Claire Rappoport and Jennifer McGaugh for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America
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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....

By Angela Garcia, Claire Rappoport and Jennifer McGaugh for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America
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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...

By Angela Garcia, Claire Rappoport and Jennifer McGaugh for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America
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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...

By Angela Garcia, Claire Rappoport and Jennifer McGaugh for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America
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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...

By Angela Garcia, Claire Rappoport and Jennifer McGaugh for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America
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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...

By Angela Garcia, Claire Rappoport and Jennifer McGaugh for AIDS Community Research Initiative of America