World Aids Day 2021 is 01 December. Symptoms caused by AIDS, menopause and other factors, may overlap. Further research is required to clarify the menopause experience of women with AIDS.

World AIDS Day 2021

What is the theme of World AIDS Day 2021?

In World AIDS Day 1 December 2021: End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics the UNAIDS elaborate on:

World AIDS Day 2021 and Menopause“This World AIDS Day, UNAIDS is highlighting the urgent need to end the inequalities that drive AIDS and other pandemics around the world.

Without bold action against inequalities, the world risks missing the targets to end AIDS by 2030, as well as a prolonged COVID-19 pandemic and a spiralling social and economic crisis.

Forty years since the first AIDS cases were reported, HIV still threatens the world. Today, the world is off track from delivering on the shared commitment to end AIDS by 2030 not because of a lack of knowledge or tools to beat AIDS, but because of structural inequalities that obstruct proven solutions to HIV prevention and treatment.

Economic, social, cultural and legal inequalities must be ended as a matter of urgency if we are to end AIDS by 2030”.

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Is there an association between early menopause and HIV?

In Age At Menopause In Women Living With HIV: A Systematic Review published in the December 2021 current issue of Menopause The Journal of The North American Menopause Society, the Conclusion about women living with HIV (WLWH) includes:

“Our systematic review summarizes the literature around HIV and age at menopause. Many studies reported a high prevalence of POI and early menopause among WLWH; a factor that may partially account for the observed lower age at menopause. As only one study included biochemical confirmation of menopause, it remains unclear whether individuals with early menopause or POI were truly menopausal or had prolonged amenorrhea due to other causes”.

What is POI?

In this article, POI is an abbreviation for primary ovarian insufficiency.

Menopause Symptoms

Is there an association between menopause symptoms and HIV?

In Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Adults and Adolescents Living with HIV: Considerations for Antiretroviral Use In Special Patient Populations – Women With HIV: HIV and Menopause, (United States) HIV.gov’s, Clinical Info elaborate on:

World AIDS Day 2021 and Menopause“Defining the relationship between HIV and menopausal symptoms, mental health, and depression is complicated due to overlapping symptoms from HIV itself, effects of ART, other comorbidities, and substance use. Some studies suggest that women with HIV experience a greater burden of menopausal symptoms, including vasomotor symptoms, sexual dysfunction, and mood changes. Other studies did not find differences between women with HIV and those without HIV. Menopausal symptoms also have been associated with reduced adherence to ART and poor cognitive performance”.

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What if I think I have AIDS?

In HIV and AIDS: Living With HIV – Finding Your HIV Care Team the (United States) Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services’, Womenshealth.gov elaborate on:

“As a woman living with HIV, one of the most important relationships you will have is with your doctor. Finding the right doctor can have a big impact on your well-being”.

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Last Updated: 03 December 2021 – Last Revised: 01 December 2021