Black Women: These Symptoms Could Indicate HIV Infection

worried-womanAccording to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, by the end of 2013, 1.2 million people in America were living with HIV. By 2015, African Americans had 45 percent of all new HIV cases.

Particularly for black women in America, the numbers do not look good. According to BWHI, among the cases of HIV for women in the U.S., black women account for 66% of those cases.


What is frightening is that 1 in 8 of these women remain unaware that they are infected with HIV, since they may not be aware of what to look for when it comes to HIV symptoms.

The following is a list of symptoms that just might indicate HIV infection.

  • Fever: A fever can be associated with a host of illnesses and infections, and one of these is HIV. A low-grade fever (with a temperature 99.8 and 100.8 degrees Fahrenheit) can be a symptom of HIV.
  • Night Sweating: Depending on the season (e.g., Summer) everyone sweats at night; however, if you sweat so profusely at night that it wakes you up, this could also be an indication that you are infected with HIV.
  • Swollen Glands: As HIV spreads throughout the body, lymph nodes in the neck, the back of the head, the armpits and the groin can become enlarged. This is one of the earliest symptoms of HIV infection.
  • Joint Pain: While joint pain is also associated with injury, arthritis and fibromyalgia,  once these three possibilities are ruled out and you are experiencing unexplained pains in your joints accompanied by fatigue, this could be a warning sign of HIV infection.
  • Unexplained Rapid Weight Loss: Rapid weight loss, at times accompanied by decreased appetite and diarrhoea, is another symptom of HIV infection.
  • Changes in Menstrual Cycle: Ladies, this is a huge warning sign. The menstrual cycle is established in women by the early to mid teenage years, and remains fixed until menopause. It is highly unlikely that your menstrual cycle will change at any time before menopause, and changes in it can be a sign of HIV infection.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any or all of these symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible. Once diagnosed early, HIV can be effectively treated and you can go on to live a long life.

For more information on HIV symptoms in women, go here.

The information on this website should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice.

By: Danielle Dixon

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