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Dr. Camilla Graham

Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
Boston, MA
28 years experience female

Locations

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Division of Infectious Disease

Boston, MA

Address

110 Francis Street, LMOB Suite GB, Boston, MA
Directions

Practice website

Fax

6176320766

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts

Fallon Community Health Plan

Harvard Pilgim Health Care

MassHealth

Medicare

TUFTS Health Plan

Neighborhood Health Plan

Harvard University Health Services

UnitedHealthcare

Office

Boston, MA

About

Bio

I am an Infectious Disease doctor. I provide care for patients with hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and HIV, as well as general ID care (chronic urinary or sinus infections, fever of unknown origin, etc). I am also interested in Baby Boomers who don't know they have hepatitis C and new drugs for HCV.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

214 Answers
19 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Unlikely: Ibuprofen very rarely causes liver damage, although you need to be extra careful to avoid alcohol (alcohol also accelerates liver damage with hcv). I... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Exposure, not infect: A positive antibody result against hepatitis c with a high scr most likely represents a true prior exposure to hcv. However, even people with high ant... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Probably not: Hiv transmission is rare with oral body fluids unless a large amount enters open wounds like bleeding gums. But is is probably better not to share suc... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
May need drainage: Boils and abscesses often require drainage for cure. If the boil is small and redness is not spreading out from around it, you can use hot compresses ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Theoretically, yes: If someone has open sores and gets a patient's blood or certain other body fluids in those sores, there is a possibility that hiv, hepatitis b or hep... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Don't rush: Young people tend to have fairly slow progression of liver damage wit hepatitis c. The pace of new drug development over the next 5-10 years will tran... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Cost-effective: The hcv RNA test is more expensive, so not good for the initial screening. The hepatitis c antibody test is cheap, so you can test a large population ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Interferon+Ribavirin: Ifn+rbv are still the backbone of all hcv regimens. In genotype 1 hcv, we add a protease inhibitor (telaprevir or boceprevir). Treatment is 24 to 48 w... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Lots in development: Right now standard of care is pegylated interferon plus Ribavirin for all genotypes, and adding a protease inhibitor (either telaprevir or boceprevir)... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
It depends: Please encourage your friend to see someone with experience taking care of people with hepatitis c. She needs your support. Women are less likely to p... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Get married: Anyone with hepatitis b infection should make sure that their partners and other people they live with get vaccinated for hepatitis b. That will help ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
What you ate?: The most common reason for stools that look like this in young people is something that they ate. Beets are a big offender, as is food colored red. Ir... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Blood borne virus: Hepatitis c is a virus that infects the liver and causes inflammation and scarring. Over many years, people can get severe scarring that leads to cirr... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Antibody and RNA?: Most likely, what you are asking is why an hcv antibody test can be positive, while the follow up hcv RNA (viral load) test is negative. About 25% of... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
It depends: The over-the-counter HIV tests can have false positive results, but 40% is high. The antibody tests need to be confirmed by a western blot (looks mor... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Yes in part: The tests that detect actual HIV virus, such a the HIV viral load (pcr), will likely be positive 5 weeks after an exposure that results in transmissio... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
No alcohol: Avoid any alcohol and avoid getting coinfected with hiv. The immune system works to control the virus so avoiding stress, eating healthy and no tobacc... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
3x worse : Alcohol is fuel on the fire of hepatitis c related liver disease. One of the most important interventions someone can do to improve their liver health... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
In this order:: If the hepatitis c antibody is positive, was the hcv RNA (viral load) positive? If yes, what is the hcv genotype?Is there any evidence of cirrhosis (f... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
25% chance: If for some reason, you did not want treatment for hcv for the next 25 years as treatment got easier and more effective at curing the infection, you w... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Antivirals: The most commonly used antiviral medications against hepatitis b are Entecavir and tenofovir. Both are well tolerated and do a great job stopping the ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
See below : If you have been together a while (several years) and you are positive and she is still negative, it is unlikely you will transmit hepatitis c sexuall... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Depends: I would want to know the following information: are they hepatitis b surface antigen reactive? Are they hepatitis b e antibody reactive? Did this p... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Depends: Massive diarrhea can lead to electrolyte imbalance in less than 24 hours. Cholera is an example of this. If you have diarrhea it is critical to replac... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
DNA inside nucleus: Hepatitis b dna (genetic material) gets inside the nucleus of liver cells and we do not know how to get it out. The ways we can control hbv are throug... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Viral hepatitis?: Both hepatitis b and hepatitis c can be causes. Excessive alcohol consumption can also do this. "fatty liver" is often associated with metabolic syndr... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Use applicator: This does sound like a yeast infection, especially if you also have a thick white discharge. Clotrimazole that is designed for vaginal yeast infection... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Can be subtle: The liver can suffer a lot of damage before it becomes apparent that something is wrong, which is why it is so important to be screened for common cau... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Kidney infection?: If you have pain in your mid-back and chills, maybe with nausea, i would worry about a kidney infection in someone your age. This needs to be checked ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Yes although unusual: Natural history studies in the 1980's, before we had effective treatment for hiv, showed that the average person had HIV for about 10 years before bec... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Get evaluated: You need to go to a doctor who is knowledgeable about hepatitis b (hbv) and can figure out where you are with this disease. Some people need antiviral... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Infection?: Sometimes when people shave this area, they can get infection around the hair follicles. Herpes simplex can also start out like itchy red bumps. A hea... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Very low: The reason public health experts advocate consistent use of condoms for every sexual encounter is that they greatly reduce the risk of transmission of... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Yes: The lab uses a signal to cut off ratio (scr) to try to determine whether a signal is "noise" or real. Your scr is very low, and the lab accurately def... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Unfortunately, yes: Both hepatitis b and c can survive for days, and perhaps even over a week, outside the body. This is why ever sharing any paraphernalia, including coo... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Medications: If someone starts treatment for HIV before their CD4 count gets too low, takes the medications consistently, and keeps their HIV viral load undetectab... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Possibly: The cdc estimates that about 20% of new cases of hepatitis c are from sex. However, the risk for any one person is low. Men who have anal sex with oth... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Get tested: Sex with someone who engages in commercial sex work carries an increased risk of exposure to hiv, especially if you did not use a condom during the en... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Absolutely: People who share needles, syringes, cookers, cottons, water, etc have a risk of sharing HIV as well as hepatitis b and c. Do not share anything (works... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Unusual: We worry about acute HIV when someone has a flu-like syndrome that lingers, somewhat like mono would present. Fever, fatigue, mild nausea, light rash,... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
See below: Your provider should look at the sites and make sure they are what is expected. People can try: leave the interferon at room temp about 30 min before ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Need to get checked: A health provider needs to look at this rash and do a thorough evaluation to see what you have. It sounds like an infection, but this could be chicken... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Not unsafe: Good for you for being concerned about alcohol. Limiting alcohol consumption is important to protect your liver, especially if you have a viral hepati... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Rare but possible: Oral sex is less risky than unprotected vaginal or anal sex, but it still holds some risk. Especially if there are mouth ulcers or bleeding gums. Usin... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
What happened?: If HIV is in someone else's blood and it come into contact with your blood or immune cells, there is a risk of HIV infection. It is unclear to me what... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Antibody negative?: If you are looking at the hepatitis c antibody result, you may be seeing the signal to cut-off ratio. If so, this is a low value and means no hepatiti... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Yes: About 5% of the us population has a genetic background that makes them unable to respond to the hepatitis b vaccine. If you work in a high risk occupa... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Yes, lots: Not to make you paranoid, but there are countless things that cause disease. Many factors interact with our bodies in a way that can lead to disease. ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Likely not HIV: If your HIV test is negative at least six months after a potential exposure, you were most likely not infected with hiv. Kep using safer sex precautio... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
4-5 million: At least 4 -5 million people have been exposed to hepatitis c in the us. The cdc estimates that about 75% of these people were born between 1945 and 1... Read More

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Feb 11, 2013
Very Accurate. Great responses.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Graham is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Graham is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Biopsy 3 weeks ago, turns out I have Sarcoidosis in hilar/med./ap window nodes. Lung scope showed no issues. Watch and wait. Thanks 4 help!
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This saved my life. Thank You! In ER. I have an infected shunt and need emerg. surg. To externalize it so ID can identify the bacteria.3 weeks in the ICU they say. Thanks!
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This saved my life. Thank You! My wife she has HBV > 170 million UI/ml how can I do? I don't have enough $ to treatment her !! What medicine she can get? Plz help me plz !

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Pennsylvania, PA
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER CORPORATION

Awards

Rising Star, Healthcare Businesswomen's Association
Top Doctor, Third Place, Boston, MA - Winter
2013
Top Infectious Disease Specialist , First Place, Massachusetts - Winter
2013

Affiliations

AASLD
IDSA
National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
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