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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Can I be infected by HIV if I touch a door handle with a small cut on my hand, if the door has HIV positive blood on it? I'm asking for peace of mind.

Can I be infected by HIV if I touch a door handle with a small cut on my hand, if the door has HIV positive blood on it? I'm asking for peace of mind.

Possible: Contact of an open wound with HIV infected blood an result in HIV transmission. One of the variables would be how long the infected blood was on the exposed environmental surface. ...Read more

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Hello, my question is can we contract or get infected by HIV through a hand job done by a girl on my penis?If yes how it could be transmitted?

Hello, 
my question is can we contract or get infected by HIV through a hand job done by a girl on my penis?If yes how it could be transmitted?

D epends Bld contact: Hiv can be spread when a carrier's fresh blood comes in intimate contact. If there were open wounds on the hand of your infected girl & blood occasionally came in contact with your body, the blood could bring you the virus. The minor trauma of sexual activity could grind this contaminated blood into your skin & find an opening to infect you. ...Read more

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My dog has a wound that was diagnosed to be infected with e coli and mrsa. Can my husband and I get it? What will our symptoms be?

My dog has a wound that was diagnosed to be infected with e coli and mrsa. Can my husband and I get it? What will our symptoms be?

Possibly: MRSA often causes skin infections, so would see an infected wound. Can usually be prevented with good hand washing (use soap, and sing "Happy Birthday" in your head while washing hands to insure adequate time) after caring for or touching dog's wound. Once antibiotics and dog's immune system get upper hand, should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Could rabies virus be transmitted by this way? am i in danger? Please pay attention to my story.2 days ago i made a little scratch to my hand with my

Could rabies virus be transmitted by this way? am i in danger?

Please pay attention to my story.2 days ago i made a little scratch to my hand with my

Rabies risks: Unfortunately, I cannot see your whole question. Rabies is transmitted primarily by bites from dogs or other animals that have the disease. A scratch from an animal is also a theoretical risk, but in my clinical experience only accounted for 0.1% of all human cases. Washing out the area after the animal injury is important. Definitely see a doctor or ask further questions here to get information. ...Read more

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Fell and scraped my hand on a trail. Then, dumbly, used hand to dust off seat of my pants, when I had been sitting everywhere including a hospital. What's the worst that can happen? HIV, hepatitis, other infection?

Fell and scraped my hand on a trail.  Then, dumbly, used hand to dust off seat of my pants, when I had been sitting everywhere including a hospital.  What's the worst that can happen?  HIV, hepatitis, other infection?

You're fine, buddy: You're not going to get HIV, hepatitis, herpes or anything else. I'm pleased you're out exercising. Household contacts of folks with these diseases who aren't having close contact (sex in the case of HIV and hepatitis, at least kissing for herpes) just don't get them. You're a big, tough man now. Don't let these fantasy, internet-misinformation fears keep you from leading a fulfilled life. ...Read more

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Can gonorrhoea spread by masterbating with sex toys by myself? I.e transferring the infection from my anus to my penis? I was treated 2 weeks ago

Can gonorrhoea spread by masterbating with sex toys by myself? I.e transferring the infection from my anus to my penis? I was treated 2 weeks ago

Very unlikely: If you have gonorrhea at one site, such as urethra (penis) or rectum, then you might self transmit to another site. The sex toy would have to go immediately from the infected site to the uninfected one, and would have to go inside (maybe difficult for the penis). But of course there is no risk of not already infected somewhere. Any such risk ended within a few hours of correct treatment. ...Read more

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Someone scratched my hand with their nails by accident.The scratch was pretty deep and was bleeding alot.Is there a chance they passed on diseases?

Someone scratched my hand with their nails by accident.The scratch was pretty deep and was bleeding alot.Is there a chance they passed on diseases?

Possibly: Of course you couldn't be infected by a blood-borne pathogen/infection--such as hepatitis or HIV--because there is no blood to transmit it in the fingernails. Perhaps you might get an infection if the fingernails were very dirty and carrying disease causing bacteria on them. Washing very well with anti-bacterial soap should have prevented that. Hope you are doing well. ...Read more

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Can staph infection be confused with hsv2 on a lab test? I have recently been contracting what the doctors say are "boils", in my pelvic area, buttocks, under my arms and even on my nose in some instances. They say it's a form of stapholycoccus and treat

Can staph infection be confused with hsv2 on a lab test? I have recently been contracting what the doctors say are "boils", in my pelvic area, buttocks, under my arms and even on my nose in some instances. They say it's a form of stapholycoccus and treat

The : The short answer here is you need to be tested for herpes. In addition, if you get a "boil" have a herpes culture done on the actual lesion. As far as your boyfriend is concerned, he may have tested positive for hsv 2, however it is possible that he never had a lesion before. He was likely exposed to it at some point in his life. Take care. ...Read more

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I got dermatophytosis (ringworm) from adopting a kitten, can the spores go into my lungs? Or nostrils? I can only see it in my face and arms.

I got dermatophytosis (ringworm) from adopting a kitten, can the spores go into my lungs? Or nostrils? I can only see it in my face and arms.

No: You did a good thing to adopt the kitten. The fungi that cause ringworm cannot affect the deeper tissues of the body. They don't like the warm temperature and they are easily destroyed by the immune system if they pass deeper than the dead layer of the skin. ...Read more

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I just found out that my mom has an active h pylori infection. She spends a lot of time w/ my kids. Can they get it easily from kissing her on lips?

I just found out that my mom has an active h pylori infection. She spends a lot of time w/ my kids. Can they get it easily from kissing her on lips?

No.: There is no evidence that h pylori is passed between members of a household - even those with "intimate" contact. You don't need to worry about your kids. ...Read more

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Is staff infection contagious? How would or could my children get infected by me if this is a form of staff on my hands and other various places body

Is staff infection contagious? How would or could my children get infected by me if this is a form of staff on my hands and other various places body

Yes/Contact: Staph is a bacteria and gabillions of them are everywhere. When we get colonnized with this, it is easy to spread from one to another. If you are a health care worker, you may have a particularly more virulent form of staph. Today, it is everywhere. Good hygiene, laundry care, bed linen changing and hand sanitizers and soap and water are the best protection. ...Read more

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I read strep pnemoniae germ can transfer from fecal to oral route. So if people have a BM and don't wash hands and touch my food, can i get it?

I read strep pnemoniae germ can transfer from fecal to oral route. So if people have a BM and don't wash hands and touch my food, can i get it?

Stop worrying: I have seen questions here about getting this bug, which is part of the normal body flora of many healthy people and most smokers, from cats, a chipped tooth, and some other things that you cannot really avoid. Forgive my frankness. You have been done a disservice by being frightened of so many things. You are tough. You need to stop reading internet scare stuff and get treated if you need it. ...Read more

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Can a nail biter spread germs thru kissing My bf has the habit He washes his hands after the restroom I have a phobia of the stomach flu can I get it?

Can a nail biter spread germs thru kissing My bf has the habit He washes his hands after the restroom I have a phobia of the stomach flu can I get it?

Rarely so: If he washes his hands often and keeps good hand, nails hygiene, it shouldn't be an issue. Saliva has plenty of enzymes to whash off most common minir bacteria. Enjoy the kiss and relax. Phobias are anxiety disorders, best to overcome fears is to face them . ...Read more

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Can you tell me about HIV transmission!! blade is new but razor(holder) iswith towel and I got a tinni cut on my throat. may I get HIV in this way?

Can you tell me about HIV transmission!! blade is new but razor(holder) iswith towel and I got a tinni cut on my throat. may I get HIV in this way?

No HIV risk: No. One does not get HIV from an inanimate object through their skin. HIV does not live in air. You have no risk in the scenario you describe. ...Read more

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Hiv if i was having a conversation with an HIV person and during the conversation that person sprayed some of his spit in my eye by accident can that causes me to get infected? Thanks

Hiv if i was having a conversation with an HIV person and during the conversation that person sprayed some of his spit in my eye by accident can that causes me to get infected?  Thanks

If : If a small amount of spit from someone who is HIV positive enters your eye, there is an extremely low possibility that you would become infected. This because the concentration of virus in the saliva is very low. If the saliva was mixed with blood, that would carry a higher risk. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Hepatitis A (Definition)

A viral infection of your liver usually food born that will resolve over time with ...Read more