5 HIV SYMPTOMS WOMEN SHOULD KNOW

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In the early weeks after becoming infected with HIV, it is not uncommon for women to be asymptomatic. Some may have mild flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache, and lack of energy. Often, these symptoms go away within a few weeks.

In some cases, it may take as many as ten years for more severe symptoms to appear. During this time, the virus can still be transmitted from one person to another.

1. Fever and Night Sweats
People infected with HIV may experience long periods of low-grade fever. According to Ohio State University Wexler Medical Center, a temperature between 99.8 and 100.8 degrees Fahrenheit is considered to be a low-grade fever. A fever means that something is wrong, but the cause isn’t always obvious. Because it’s a low-grade fever, those who are unaware of their HIV-positive status may ignore the symptom. Sometimes, fever is accompanied by nighttime sweats that can interfere with sleep.

2. Menstrual Cycle Changes
Women with HIV tend to have problems related to reproductive health, including changes to their menstrual cycle or absence of periods. Bacterial and yeast infections may be more common in women who are HIV-positive.

There is an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, and the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to genital warts or even cervical cancer. HIV-positive women are also more prone to pelvic inflammatory diseases (PID) that may be resistant to treatment.

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3. Swollen Glands
We all have lymph nodes throughout our bodies, including the neck, back of the head, armpits, and groin. As part of the immune system, our lymph nodes work to fend off infections. As the HIV infection begins to spread, the immune system kicks into high gear. The result is enlarged lymph nodes, commonly known as swollen glands. It is often one of the first signs of HIV. In people infected with HIV, swollen glands may last for several months.

4. Rapid weight loss without dieting
Even though we as women want to lose weight, a rapid kind of weight could be a sign of HIV or some other infection. Instead of eating our favorite foods, but still no weight is gained, as well as decreased appetite and diarrhea are cause to get checked out.

5. Joint Pain
Along with muscle pain and fatigue, patients with HIV can be affected by joint pain. This pain is similar to what other patients with viral infections experience. This pain usually begins early in the infection period and disappears during the middle stages of the disease.

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Paying Homage To Our Ancestors : Mami Wata

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This post is about the Goddess Mami Wata. Mami Wata (also known by numerous other names, listed below) is a goddess of the African diaspora whose immensely popular cult has grown in West, Central, and Southern Africa, and in the Caribbean and parts of South America since the 18th century.

Mami Wata is often pictured as a mermaid, half-human and either half-fish or half-reptile. Other stories and images show her as a human-looking woman dressed in the latest fashion. Her most definitive image that of a long-haired woman, with a snake circling her torso is based on a 19th century chromolithograph of a Samoan snake charmer.

The goddess is characterized by her inhuman beauty and capricious nature; in many traditions, she is as likely to harm her followers as to help them. Her cult has strong associations with fortune, healing, sex, and water. Worship practices for the goddess vary, but they often involve wearing the colours red and white (sacred to Mami Wata) and dancing to an altered state of consciousness, and potentially spiritual possession.

Mami Wata as she exists today represents a widespread amalgamation of many different African water gods. Slaves from the Slave Coast brought their water-spirit beliefs with them to the New World, and traders in the 20th century carried similar beliefs with them from Senegal to as far as Zambia, so that today the goddess is known in at least 20 African nations. As the Mami Wata cult spread, native water deities were subsumed into it. In addition, Africans may sometimes call non-Mami Wata figures by that name when speaking to foreigners, as they know that Mami Wata is better known than local gods and goddesses. She is today one of the most popular themes in African and Caribbean popular culture.
Mami Wata is usually described in excesses. She possesses an inhuman beauty, unnaturally long hair, and a lighter-than-normal complexion. Her hair is straight, either black or blonde, and combed straight back. Her lustrous eyes gaze enticingly, which only enhances her ethereal beauty. In many parts of West and Central Africa, “Mami Wata” thus serves as a slang term for a gorgeous woman.

She is often described as a mermaid-like figure, with a woman’s upper body (often nude), and the hindquarters of a fish or serpent. In other tales, Mami Wata is fully humanoid (though never human). Her superlative nature extends to her clothing, which is more fashionable than anything created by a human fashion designer. She flaunts her unimaginable wealth with jewellery that blinds those who view it. In both mermaid and humanoid form, she often carries enormously expensive baubles such as combs, mirrors, and watches. A large snake (symbol of divination and divinity in many African cultures) frequently accompanies her, wrapping itself around her and laying its head between her breasts. Other times, she may try to pass as completely human, wandering busy markets or patronising bars. She may also manifest in a number of other forms, including as a man.

Followers of traditional African religions, Santeria, and Voodoo comprise Mami Wata’s devotees. Her worship is therefore as diverse as her worshippers, though there are many parallels. Groups of people may gather in her name, but the goddess is much more prone to interacting with followers on a one-on-one basis. She thus has many priests and mediums in both Africa and the Caribbean who are specifically devoted to her.
As her name would imply, the goddess is closely associated with water. Traditions on both sides of the Atlantic tell of the goddess abducting her followers or random people whilst they are swimming or boating. She brings them to her paradisiacal realm, which may be underwater, in the spirit world, or both. The captives’ release often hinges on some sort of demand, ranging from sexual fidelity to the goddess to something as simple as a promise that they do not eat fish. Should she allow them to leave, the travellers usually returns in dry clothing and with a new spiritual understanding reflected in their gaze. These returnees often grow wealthier, more attractive, and more easygoing after the encounter.

HEALING AND FERTILITY:

A prominent aspect of the deity is her connection to healing. If someone comes down with an incurable, languorous illness, Mami Wata often takes the blame. This implies that she caused the illness, and that only she can cure it. Similarly, several other ailments may be attributed to the water goddess, from headaches to sterility.

In fact, barren mothers often call upon the goddess to cure their affliction. However, many traditions hold that Mami Wata herself is barren, so if she gives a woman a child, that woman inherently becomes more distanced from the goddess’s true nature. The woman will thus be less likely to become wealthy or attractive through her devotion to Mami Wata. Images of women with children often decorate shrines to the goddess.

OTHER ASSOCIATIONS

As other deities become absorbed into the figure of Mami Wata, the goddess often takes on characteristics unique to a particular region or culture. In Trinidad and Tobago, for example, Maman Dlo plays the role of guardian of nature, punishing overzealous hunters or woodcutters. She is the lover of Papa Bois, a nature deity.
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Have Some Standards

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There is something very wrong with men who loosely offer their penis to everyone, as if they just got it yesterday and must freely test it out. lol. If a man doesn’t need to first have a deep productive connection to the woman and is just seeking to be inside of her to get himself off, then that should let her know he has a pattern of destructively chasing physical sensations. When he enters inside of the woman, he will be leaving low frequency residue and the magnetic energy imprint of all the other disconnected holes he has traveled inside of and she will experience the ills from everything his penis hole has absorbed. A man with no standards doesn’t have respect for himself, so he definitely isn’t capable of respecting a woman…Indulge in high frequency enter-course only.

Make love to my mind, heart and spirit

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Make love to my mind, heart and spirit. Sit me on your lap of eternal high frequency, let me feel the rising of your powerful vibration that will catapult me into a state of inspirational bliss. I want to ride on the hard energy waves that will sync with my ocean. Exploring within both inner eyes, subsequently removing all barriers, seeing each other naked with a clear view. Mutually merging closer, traveling through magnetic portals unlocking dimensions, levitating both individuals consciousness as one force. When you are truly in sync, you can climax in infinite ways, via a touch, glance, whisper, smile, kiss. The fun powerfully intriguing part is to hold it, harness it, absorb it, direct your energy. Let go of your inhibition…Indulge in ancient alchemy tradition!

Vital Note To Melanin People

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If you are suffering from depression, high blood pressure, stress, fear, feeling burdened by the non-stop cluttered life illusion of racing to a finish line of “success”, here are some vital rituals you should do that will instantly elevate your inner system….
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1. Dance, not the manufactured type of dancing, spiritual dancing, feel your own inner rhythm and drift off into a blissful vibrational trance.
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2. Sing, you aren’t singing to become a superstar, so it doesn’t matter if you think you sound good or not. Singing instantly sends strong waves of vibrations up and down your body, the more you genuinely travel deep into your singing, it’s like making a telephone call to the inner universe.
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3. Be in the sun. The sun is our own personal satellite system that transmits high frequency nourishment directly into our skin, eye’s, hair. Don’t be afraid to absorb it, you will feel magnetically very cleansed and purified the more you tune into the fact that the sun is food for your soul.
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4. Indulge in interacting with people who elevate your energy and limit your time around those who deteriorate your energy. You will be able to make keen assessments by observing how you feel when various people who you are predominantly around communicate with you. Do you instantly feel energized and happy around certain people? Mutually maintain and respect those relationships. Do you instantly feel drained, fatigued and ill around certain people? Then don’t spend moments around them, unless absolutely necessary. Removing toxic people will make you feel light and free.
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5. Go out into nature. We are inherently explorers who love being in communication with trees, grass, dirt, forests, sand, clay, ocean, rivers, waterfalls. Don’t be ashamed, go into nature and awaken your playful skillful wanderer side, where you run, jump, hike, climb, swim. We have the amazing ability to be self healers when we stay aligned with all natural existential tools. Spending most of your time in work and church buildings is a soul death sentence, kills your raw vibrant spirit and creates a gateway to inner blockages which form into health problems. Try to make more time to enjoy what is natural for your essence.

Mutually Submit To Each Other

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Too many women and men have an issue with submitting to truly getting to know each other, so they waste time having on the surface shallow dates, scripted safe conversations and meaningless sexual encounters. When you bare your soul and don’t hide behind compartmentalized layers of inner/outer masks, that is when people can truly start to connect. Many individual’s put on a whole theatric style of production to keep each other interested via their looks, what labels they are wearing, what car they drive, exchanging sexual sensations, telling each other what they want to hear and playing a role. When it comes to the vital aspect of what’s within a person’s mind and what they are exuding spiritually, through their aura, most people draw a blank and are unable to see into each other.
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There is a major fear blockage, a dynamic of humans holding onto the false self to the tragic point of not exploring the depths of themselves, to then have the ability and interest in exploring someone else. It’s a very fulfilling experience to continually submit to your true essence beyond the surface world and to mutually share that genuine vibration…Indulge in cosmic relation.