“National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), in the United States, is observed annually on March 10”. Menopause and HIV can be a twin challenge.

NWGHAAD

What is the (United States) National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD)?

In National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – March 10, the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain:

NWGHAAD and Menopause“National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health is observed annually on March 10. NWGHAAD increases awareness, sparks conversations, and highlights the work being done to reduce HIV among women and girls in the United States while showing support for those with HIV.”

You. Me WE.

What is the NWGHAAD theme for 2021?

In You. Me. WE. Changing the Face of HIV the (United States) Office on Women’s Health elaborate on:

You. Me. WE. “This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), the Office on Women’s Health wants everyone to make the best choices when it comes to protecting their health. Abstinence is the best way to avoid HIV, but if you decide to have sex, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and others from HIV.”

Menopause and HIV

Is there an association between menopause and HIV?

In Menopause and HIV the NAM Aidsmap:

“The interaction between menopause and HIV is under-researched, but the evidence base is growing.

Women living with HIV often experience menopausal symptoms. A number of studies have found that women living with HIV are more likely to experience symptoms than women who do not have HIV. This includes sexual symptoms such as a lack of interest in sex and vaginal dryness, bodily symptoms such as hot flushes, and psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety”.

Early Menopause

Is there an association between early menopause and HIV?

In Prevalence and Correlates of Early-Onset Menopause Among Women Living With HIV In Canada: Abstract – Conclusions published in January 2020, the authors elaborate on:

“In Canadian women with HIV, median age of menopause was 48 years; 3 years younger than the general population”.

Prime Study

What are the aims of the Prime Study?

In PRIME (Positive Transitions Through the Menopause) Study: A Protocol for A Mixed-Methods Study Investigating the Impact of the Menopause on the Health and Well-Being of Women Living With HIV In England: Abstract – Introduction published online 05 June 2019, the authors elaborate on the aims to explore the impact of the menopause on the health and well-being of women living with HIV (WLHIV):

“Existing data on menopause in WLHIV are scarce and often contradictory. There is no clear consensus on the impact of HIV status on age at menopause; however, there is evidence that suggests that WLHIV experience a greater burden of menopausal symptoms than HIV-negative women, including vasomotor symptoms, sexual dysfunction and mood changes. Furthermore, it is clear that WLHIV are at increased risk (compared with both HIV-negative women and HIV-positive men) of developing comorbid conditions such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease as a result of the synergistic effects of HIV and oestrogen depletion”.

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