Dr. Camilla Graham

Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
Boston, MA
29 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 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Unlikely: Sharing personal items like toothbrushes and razors are an unlikely, but not impossible means of acquiring hepatitis c. In general, it is important to... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Interferon+ribavirin: Right now, everyone who has hepatitis c (outside clinical trials) gets treated with pegylated interferon (once a week injections) plus Ribavirin (pill... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Hard to say: Most medical societies recommend testing pregnant women for hcv who have risk factors. However, it can be hard to know if someone remembers everything... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Yes: About 25% of people with hepatitis c will spontaneously clear the infection (cure themselves). But, if they are exposed again, they can develop chroni... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Yes: The Ribavirin causes a dry cough. I don't know why. You should have someone listen to your lungs in case this is actually an infection.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Probably not: Testing for HIV is not routine prior to surgery. Surgeons use "universal precautions", which means they use protection as if any patient could have hi... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Cirrhosis?: Recommendations for people with hepatitis c and cirrhosis include avoiding all alcohol, vaccinations for hepatitis a and b if never exposed, ultrasoun... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Coming soon: One of the best websites to follow breaking news on hepatitis c drug development is natap.Org. You will see that we expect a regimen that is two diffe... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Probably not: This should be discussed with your eye doctor. One thing to keep in mind is that interferon alfa is contraindicated with retinal problems, but the new... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Several: Once a doctor has decided that someone does need treatment for their chronic hepatitis b infection (not everyone needs treatment immediately), they ma... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
No: Unless the object (like a needle) breaks through the skin, casual contact (hugging, kissing, sharing dishes or utensils) will not transmit hcv. Avoid ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
No HCV infection: The first test that is done to see if someone has been exposed to hcv is an antibody test. If it is negative the vast majoity of people do not need ad... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Fatigue is common: It is common for people with hepatitis c to feel tired, not-yourself, maybe poor concentration or depression. It is believed the hepatitis c virus can... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Maybe: Certain medications like stavudine and azt (zidovudine) were more likely to cause facial wasting when we used to use these medications more. Sometimes... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Check viral load: Even when people have high titer hepatitis c antibody responses, some do not have active infection because their immune system cleared their virus on ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
It depends: People with chronic hepatitis b infection need to be monitored closely for liver cancer (which can present with abdominal pain and weight loss) and li... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
More info needed: Perhaps you mean your sister has cirrhosis? Does she really have liver failure? Life expectancy depends on how damaged someone's liver is, and what ty... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Depends: After someone is exposed to hcv, most people have no symptoms. It is called a "silent epidemic" because people can live 20 - 40 years with no symptoms... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Depends: Acute hepatitis can be caused by many agents like viral hepatitis a, b, c, or e, other viruses, alcohol, drug toxicity, autoimmune diseases, etc. Hepa... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Yes, stubborn: You may need to use the anti fungal cream for many weeks. Be patient and persistent and you will get rid of this infection.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Yes: Abscesses may need to be thoroughly drained by a doctor to prevent spread of infection and make sure it heals completely. Diabetics have more trouble ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Depends: It depends on what kind of contact was happening for a short while. Unprotected anal sex between two men is high risk. Vaginal sex is lower risk, and ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Yes: The risk of transmitting hepatitis c to an opposite sex partner is low, and condoms are not recommended (although there may be other reasons to use co... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Good news: You had hepatitis a in the past. You only get this hepatitis once so you are immune. You were also likely exposed to hepatitis b but your immune syste... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Kidney infection?: This could be something that has nothing to do with hepatitis c. Kidney infections can cause cloudy urine and back pain. An inflamed pancreas can als... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Too soon to tell: If you had sex with a condom that did not break, the risk of transmission is very low. That is why it is important to always use a condom. It can ta... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
I wish we knew how: We have learned so much about HIV in the last 20+ years, and treatment for HIV is light years ahead of where we were even 15 years ago. But, once it i... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Yes,late 2013?: Right now people with hcv genotype 3 have about a 70% cure rate with peg-ifn plus Ribavirin for 24 weeks. This is lower if they have cirrhosis. Gilead... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
It depends: It depends on what you are doing with the person you live with. If you are only sharing hugs, kisses, and dishes, there is no risk. If you are having... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Heal or have Sxs?: I will answer when someone could have symptoms of acute hiv. Usually symptoms occur 2 -4 weeks after exposure but they can occur within 8 days. Often ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
No: If you already have hepatitis c infection, herpes outbreaks will likely not be more frequent or last longer. And, there is no evidence that herpes ma... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Scrub soap and water: The best approach is to have separate personal items that are not shared. Very important for toothbrush and razors- place somewhere so they can't be a... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Probably not: The rash with HIV tends to be red and flat or a bit raised. People have other flu like symptoms as well. Pimples are probably just pimples. If lots mo... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Uncircumcised: Men who are uncircumcised are at higher risk for acquiring HIV from vaginal sex than men who are circumcised. This is because the skin under the fores... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
It depends: Some clinics are more sensitive to the possibility that an infection could potentially be HIV infection. Often you will be told (or asked) if someone ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Lots: People can have a fear that touching objects, like sharing dishes or sitting on a toilet seat, or casual contact like hugging or shaking hands, can tr... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Depends: Everybody who has hepatitis c needs to know their genotype (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6) and whether ot not they have severe scarring of the liver (cirrhosis).... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Yes: Oral sex in general is less risky than some other forms of sex like unprotected anal sex. However there is a risk of HIV transmission and bleeding gum... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Not enough info: This is a modest shift of white blood cells to neutrophils and there are lots of reasons why that can happen. Every adult is supposed to be tested for... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Result?: Your scenario reminds us that even if an hcv antibody test is positive, it is mandatory to check hcv RNA (viral load) to see if someone actually has a... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Depends: The amount of liver scarring someone has depends on a number of factors like how old they were when infected, how many years they have has hcv, and ho... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
No: Clorox wipes do not contain bleach. If there is a blood spill, the cdc recommends cleaning it with one part bleach to ten parts water. Wear gloves. Hc... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Depends: You need to know your hcv genotype. Genotype 2 is the easiest to treat now with pegylated interferon (an injection) plus ribavirin. In less than a yea... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
May be normal: It is normal to have a small amount of vaginal discharge, since mucus helps keep the vagina healthy. This mucus may be thicker around ovulation. It sh... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Not necessarily: Blood work can be relatively normal until later in the course of hiv. If you have any question about past exposure ask to be tested. The cdc recommend... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Thrush?: Do you see white patches in your mouth? If you have hiv, this could be thrush. This can also be seen with antibiotics or when people use steroid inhal... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Need antibiotics: People who have tests that show they have strep throat need antibiotics to cure their infection and to prevent a complication called rheumatic fever, ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Rarely: There are two mains times this can happen. If someone has recently been infected (acute hepatitis c) they might not have developed antibodies yet. Ano... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Most likely, no: Are you immune because you were vaccinated or you have evidence of previous exposure but your cleared the infection? If you were infected before you a... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Dengue Fever?: A variety of infections can lead to fever and body aches. Dengue fever is carried by mosquitoes. It would be important to know if this is the infectio... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
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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