Human immunodeficiency virus or HIV as it is more popularly known is one of the deadly diseases, which can be contracted by anyone when they are not careful and have a bout of unprotected sex with another infected person or engage in use of used syringes or blood stained needles.
The danger of HIV is that the person would not be aware that she has contracted the virus until it has developed completely and is well in the last stage of killing the person.
Statistics have shown that there are a lot of women world over living unaware that the silent killer in the form of HIV has occupied their system and eating away the parts slowly.
Hence, it would best be advisable to know the symptoms of this fatal epidemic, which would provide a little respite. The points discussed below would educate you about the basic symptoms of the HIV.
Major Symptoms Of HIV In Women
Flu Like Condition
Some women may experience flu like symptoms fever, lethargy, frequent headaches, body pain and other such feelings. These symptoms are usually mistaken for a common viral infection as they usually occur within 30 days after contracting the virus and the infection subsides within the normal one week. These are the early stages of the epidemic and often go unnoticed by most women.
Loss Of Immunity
This can probably be called the silent symptom of the deadly epidemic also known as the asymptomatic stage. This period can last up to over ten years when there are no significant changes in the woman’s body but the victim seems to be prone to contract infections very easily.
The symptom can easily be mistaken by most women for other diseases but in reality the woman’s system would be weakened inside by the virus reducing the immunity and resistance power drastically. One major sign of the disease at this stage is the enlargement of the lymph nodes. Swollen glands at this stage could mean having contracted the human immunodeficiency virus.
Women who have contracted this epidemic would face sudden upsurge of infections in the vagina like bacterial vaginosis. These infections would in turn lead to more serious stages like cervical cancer, inflammation in the pelvis and such of the kind. In fact the woman’s reproductive system can get affected leading to changes in the monthly periodic cycles.
Skin and Fungal Infections
The HIV can also show symptoms of skin infections in the form of rashes and constant itching. These skin infections would be prolonging and very hard to heal irrespective of the type of medication taken. Fungal infections in the mouth all of a sudden can also be another visible symptom of the virus.
Loss of Weight
A sudden fall in the body mass index ratio of a female can sometimes be due to the presence of the epidemic within her body. With the virus degrading the immunity defence mechanism, a woman could experience sudden weight loss without any plausible reasons.
Most of the times these symptoms occur during the silent stages of the disease and go unnoticed as anybody could mistake it to be common health problems. When the disease reaches its final stages the woman would frequently experience seizures, pneumonia, memory loss, mental weakness, constant diarrhea to name a few.
When a thorough check up is done the hidden virus shows up ringing the panic button. However, unfortunately there is no permanent cure to the disease and anybody who has contracted the virus has to live with it.
As they say, prevention is better than cure, it would be a sincere advice to every woman reading this article to act with a little care and take the necessary precautions during those few moments of intimacy.