AIDS and HIV Information

Treatments Available for
the HIV Positive Woman

One of the most important things you can do for yourself as an HIV positive woman is to participate in your treatment plan alongside your doctor. Be proactive, by educating yourself about AIDS and staying current on AIDS research and any developing news stories. Discuss any concerns, questions or ideas you have with your doctor. It is especially important to read about the drugs used to treat HIV positive women.

There are many resources available for women to investigate AIDS. Some clinics have treatment educators or advocates that are there to assist you in your quest to learn all you can about AIDS.

Women need to be especially careful when it comes to hormones. They plan an important role in when it comes to speeding up or slowing down certain chemical reactions within your body on a cellular level. Hormones affect metabolism, your sexual drive, and your fertility. for women, the three main hormones are: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. You may hear them referred to as the "steroid hormones" because they regulate certain aspects of your growth. These three hormones influence your sexual drive. As women age the levels of these hormones decreases

Having AIDS disease, will have an affect on your body's ability to not only produce these hormones but to regulate the levels of these hormones. When these hormones are out of whack, your body does not function properly.

Did You Know? 

There are some ways you cannot get AIDS! Many of these myths persisted for years after scientists proved AIDS could not be transferred in these ways. You cannot get AIDS from food or water.

Again, it is only transferred by sexual contact or contact with body fluids of an individual who has HIV or AIDS. Yes, I know there was a myth flying around you could get AIDS by getting a mosquito bite, but again this is not true. Insects and animals cannot transfer the virus to a human. It is fine to adopt a pet from a person who has AIDS.

Giving blood cannot give you AIDS. The danger is in receiving tainted blood that has been donated by someone who has AIDS. Since 1985, this has been rare because all donated blood is run through tests to insure it is not infected with HIV. It is safe to give blood because all medical equipment used is sterilized and clean.

Last, you cannot get AIDS from having every-day contact with a person suffering from AIDS. Shaking hands, giving a hug, or being in the same room with an AIDS patient will not cause you to be infected.

A woman can experience the following as a result of a hormonal imbalance:

Irregularieties in her menstrual cycle.

Weight loss

Your mood and or behavior by undergo change

Your normal sleep pattern may also change

You may experience a decrease in bone density

Feeling fatiqued

Feeling depressed

Have a decreased sexual drive

Difficulty having orgasms

Your vagina may become thin, dry or may easily tear

You may experience difficulty conceiving a child

You may have a difficult pregnancy

A woman's body is very sensitive to any drop in testosterone level. A drop may cause the woman to experience weight loss, muscle loss, feelings of depression, moodiness, increase your feeling of being tired or fatigued. Your doctor may perform two different testosterone tests: Total testosterone and free testosterone. If these levels are abnormal your doctor may prescribe testosterone or anabolic steroids to help with weight loss, your lowered sex drive and any other HIV-related symptoms that may be related to your testosterone levels. Your doctor may refer you to a endocrinologist, a specialist to assist in handling your testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone supplements come in a variety of forms: injectibles, creams, gels, patches, and tablets. Your levels will need to be monitored as too much testosterone can cause mood changes, your clitoris to become swollen and even facial hair.


AIDS Facts

Making sure your immune system is in top shape is the best way to prolong life with HIV and Aids.

Your levels of estrogen and progesterone will also be checked to see if they are normal for HIV positive women. Progesterone is what some call the "feel good" hormone because it has an effect on your mood, your sex drive and how your metabolism functions. It is an important hormone during pregnancy. Some contraceptives like the popular Norplant and Depo-Provera and progesterone-only birth control pills contain progesterone and eh HIV positive woman should use caution when using these for any length of time. Speak with your doctor if you are taking any of these and you are missing periods, or if your cycles become shorter or longer or you experience increased pre-menstrual symptoms. Your doctor will want ot check your estrogen level if you are experiencing bone density changes.



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The AIDS Patient and Opportunistic Infections
Advanced Signs of the HIV Virus
Tests For the HIV Virus
Other Health Concerns For The AIDS Patient
Prayer And Spirituality Used In The Treatment Of AIDS
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Parasitic Infections Common to HIV Patients
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Serious Complications Associated With The HIV Virus
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New Developments In AIDS Research
Coping With Your AIDS Diagnosis
The Symptoms of HIV Infection
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The Emphasis Must Be On Prevention for HIV and AIDS
AIDS Medical Terms
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Ways You Cannot Get The HIV Virus
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Understanding the Basics of HIV
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Treating Serious Illnesses in The AIDS Patient
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