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Menstruation HIV positive and taking ART

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Dear Dr,
i am HIV positive and am taking ART for more than a year now. my menses started yesterday and it does not really flow is watery but today it seems dry, is this a call for concern. just when i and my husband are prepare to start making kids. am 31yrs. what should i do? recently before my period i have a boil on my vagina wall and some itches with no vagina discharge. i insect a clove of galic every night then use aloe vera gel on the itching wounds. please i need your help. thanks

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replied June 17th, 2011
Menstruation Answer A24169
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Your symptoms could be suggestive of possibility of infections. Avoid self treatment. Consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for examination and getting a vaginal swab/smear test done to identify causative agent. If infection is detected, get your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent chances of re-infection. Avoid use of harsh soap/deodorant or perfume. Avoid vaginal douching. Use loose cotton undergarments and avoid tight fitting clothes. Drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages.
Also consider getting infertility work-up done (to rule out chances of any underlying abnormalities affecting fertility levels) if you have not been successful with your pregnancy plans. Treatment as needed (based on examination and investigations results) would be started to help you get pregnant.
Take care.

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