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Dr. Joel Gallant

Infectious Disease
Santa Fe, NM
37 years experience male

Locations

Southwest CARE Center

Santa Fe, NM

Address

649 Harkle Road, Ste. E, Santa Fe, NM
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Joel Gallant is associate director of Specialty Services at Southwest CARE Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and adjunct professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is an expert on HIV infection and AIDS, and has published and spoken widely on the subject. He is author of many papers and books, including a book for lay readers: "100 Questions and Answers About HIV and AIDS." His interactive blog on HIV-related issues is at http://hivforum.tumblr.com.

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Infectious Disease

Internal Medicine

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: Crixivan (indinavir) is an old HIV drug that is rarely used today because of its toxicity. I would not recommend it for pregnant women, or for anyone... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No limit: There's no limit--syphilis can be treated at any time--but treating sooner is better, in part to avoid developing serious illness, and also to avoid s... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Dirt substitute?: It's been suggested that we're genetically wired to crave gritty or crunchy substances when we have iron deficiency because dirt and clay contain iron... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: The only bad thing you can get from drinking too much water is hyponatremia (diluted blood). But you'd have to drink way too much water to get that. ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Yes: It's important because it helps guide therapy. Some of the newer drugs only treat certain genotypes, and some types are easier to treat with fewer dr... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Diet, simethicone: I'll avoid giving the most obvious answer, since you probably know how to do that already. You can reduce gas by modifying your diet (the web is full ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: Swine flu is a respiratory virus...A type of influenza. Food poisoning is typically caused by bacteria or bacterial toxins in food. It results in naus... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Stool study: A stool ova and parasite (o;p) exam with special stains for cryptosporidium.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
HBsAg?: I'm assuming you have a positive hbsag, since the hbeag and hbeab wouldn't be ordered otherwise. If that's the case, you have chronic hepatitis b, tho... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Yes: Yes, tinidazole (Tindamax) is an antiparasitic, used to treat amoeba, Giardia, and Trichomonas. It's used for the same purposes as metronidazole (Flag... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: Geritol does not help you get pregnant.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
It's leaving: Don't obsess about it. You took the right dose of the right medication, so you're done.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
3 reasons: (1) for partly historical reasons, the prevalence of HIV is higher among gay men, which makes the likelihood of exposure higher for each sexual conta... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: Masturbation does not causes those things. Epididymitis and orchitis (testicular infection) are often caused by sexually transmitted infections. If y... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Yes: People who are allergic to penicillins can still take doxycycline.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: These would not be appropriate antibiotics for a uti.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: The only way to lower body fat is to exercise and diet. There are no good shortcuts.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No cure: If you eat ice cream, your cold will get better. If you don't eat ice cream, your cold will bet better too, and just as fast. But eating ice cream i... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
None: None of the above, but possibly one of the antibiotics.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: If her viral load was undetectable when you had sex, you risk is virtually zero.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Demerits?: You mean what's bad about them? Well...They're disease for one thing. And they're also sexually transmitted, which means you can give them to other ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Yes: I see frequent questions about alcohol and antibiotics. The bottom line is that alcohol (in moderation) can be consumed with any antibiotic except Me... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Wrong antibiotic: The treatment for pertussis (whooping cough) is azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, or sometimes trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (bactrim), but ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Not usually: That sounds like a musculoskeletal problem, not a viral infection. The exception would be shingles, which could give you shoulder and arm pain in the... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Shingles?: That sounds like shingles, especially if it's only on one side of your body. If you get started on medications right away, it will shorten the duratio... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No reason: You can, but there's no reason. One treatment is almost always enough. You may still be itching the next day, but that doesn't mean there are any li... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Not mental illness: If you can cure your problem just by looking at things differently, then you probably don't have a mental illness. Conditions like major depression, ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: Tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia do not test for hpv. That requires a separate test. The gonorrhea and chlamydia tests can be done with a cervical sw... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Normal: "nightfall" (nocturnal emission) is not a problem; it's normal when you're young. If it bothers you, masturbation before bedtime will make it less lik... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: It doesn't affect iron levels.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Well tolerated: I suppose it means that it's well tolerated without major side effects. It is one of the antidepressants I use most often, perhaps for that reason.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: Permethrin treats scabies (mites). For ringworm you need ant antifungal.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Yes: You can. He won't be exposed to penicillin by having sex with you.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: It's not used to treat stds, but it might sometimes be used as a component of therapy for pid.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Wait: Only time cures colds. You can take medicine to treat your symptoms while you wait it out.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Why wait?: There no reason to wait. The only reason to avoid alcohol would be if the biaxin (clarithromycin) were upsetting your stomach.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: That's all you need to do. It should start getting better soon.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Not contagious: Your wife is not contagious. At some point in her life she had hepatitis b and recovered from it. She is now immune, does not have chronic hepatitis... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
It doesn't matter...: ...And chances are you're going to roll over in your sleep anyway.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Anemia?: Sometimes anemic people can look yellow. You should get two laboratory tests: a bilirubin and a complete blood count (or a hemoglobin/hematocrit). I... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Not at all: With shingles you get painful blisters in a linear band on one side of your body. Scabies gives you itching, virtually always on both sides of your b... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Herpes won't spread: It's almost impossible to diagnose sores on the penis (or other parts of the body) without seeing them. Herpes would not spread to the foot.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
A pediatrician: He should see a pediatrician. And while he's waiting he needs to be well hydrated. If he has severe pain or can't keep fluids down he should go to a... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Antidepressants: The best treatment is daily use of antidepressants such as ssris. Unlike benzodiazepines (valium, xanax), they are not habit-forming and can be used... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Stool studies: If you've had diarrhea for 2 weeks, you should get stool studies done, especially if your holiday took place in a less developed part of the world.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Yes: Sinus infection is fairly common in people with common colds, and most cases don't require antibiotics. Just getting the sinuses to drain is usually ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Multiple symptoms: Symptoms that should make you think of pneumonia include high fever, cough with sputum production, chest pain when you breathe deeply, and/or shortnes... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: Bv is cured with antibiotics.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Yes: Flu shots are typically given during cold season. As a result, a large proportion of people who get the shot will get a cold afterwards. It's pure coi... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
If they do the test: They might notice inflammation or discharge, but unless the test is done (chlamydia naat), they couldn't no for sure that it was due to chlamydia.
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Apr 20, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 22, 2022
Touching drie blood at medical laboratory (as student) Touching my pen after it . Puti my pen (no visible blood) on my desk at home .Clean my desk with wet napkin. 12 day later touch same spot on my d...Read More
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Mar 22, 2022
Touching drie blood at medical laboratory (as student) Touching my pen after it . Puti my pen (no visible blood) on my desk at home .Clean my desk with wet napkin. 12 day later touch same spot on my d...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Although my entire explanation of the surgery. That wws done in my shoulder and tumor removal. Thanks for your opinion. I dont like the service.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Went to an infectious disease specialist ,gave me no medicine,so i thought it would go away ,wrist and hand destroyed. Melbourne fl. Doctor.
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I don't think there was I walked into a bathroom where someone peed on the floor but was wearing shoes so the air should of killed it anyway

Education & Training

Residency

Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Awards

Most Influential, First Place, Baltimore, MD - Winter
2013
Top Infectious Disease Specialist , First Place, Baltimore, MD - Winter
2013
Top Doctor, First Place, New Mexico - Summer
2013
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