HIV and Women: 10 Common Symptoms

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Early symptoms of HIV infection may be mild and easily dismissed. But even without noticeable symptoms, an infected person can still pass the virus to others. That’s one of many reasons why it’s important to know if you have the disease.

If you’re a woman, you may wonder how HIV symptoms for you might differ from those for men. Many HIV symptoms are the same for men and women, but not all. Here’s a list of 10 common symptoms, including those that are specific to women.

Early symptoms

In the early weeks after becoming infected with HIV, it’s not uncommon for people to be without symptoms. Some people may have mild flu-like symptoms, including:

  • fever
  • headache
  • lack of energy

Often, these symptoms go away within a few weeks. In some cases, it may take as many as 10 years for more severe symptoms to appear.

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