Top 20 Doctor insights on: Can you get hiv from smoking a cigarette

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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Is it possible to contract aids, hiv, or STDs from smoking already used cigarettes off the street?

Low risk, but the: Practice of smoking discarded butts is a very bad idea. You are exposing yourself to many infections, e.g., herpes, infectious mono, helicobacter, hpv and HIV etc. Not to mention the health risks of tobacco. Stop using tobacco in any form. See this site for HIV information.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/hiv/resources/qa/transmission.htm. ...Read more

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Can someone get ill or die smoking an electronic hookahs & e-cigarettes im very concerned. Please tell me all the details of this product?

Can someone get ill or die smoking an electronic hookahs & e-cigarettes im very concerned. Please tell me all the details of this product?

Smoking: Hookah is like smoking and you can die from smoking it as you would from cigarettes. E cigarettes have less of the toxins but still have undisclosed chemicals that may be harmful, so not a 100%. How about nicorette (nicotine gum) gum? ...Read more

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What kind of diseases can you get from smoking cigarettes off the ground?

What kind of diseases can you get from smoking cigarettes off the ground?

Mostly the same ones: You get from cigarettes you DON'T pick up off the ground. I am going to assume you have a computer and pay for an internet service, so I am concerned as to why you are picking up butts. Anybody who has a bacterial or viral infection can leave saliva with these germs on the cigarette, and you could be exposed. In addition, tuberculosis could be spread, as well as herpesvirus infections. Quit now. ...Read more

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When someone quits smoking cigarettes, do they tend to get really cranky and distant?

When someone quits smoking cigarettes, do they tend to get really cranky and distant?

Not uncommon: This can happen - especially when quitting cold turkey. Recommend involvement in a formal smoking cessation program. Auricular acupuncture can prevent these symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I would get cancer from smoking cigarettes?

What are the chances that I would get cancer from smoking cigarettes?

Why chance it: As per the CDC: People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke. Even smoking a few cigarettes a day or smoking occasionally increases the risk of lung cancer. The more years a person smokes and the more cigarettes smoked each day, the more risk goes up. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, I'm wondering if smoking cigarettes could get me skinnier?

Hi doctor, I'm wondering if smoking cigarettes could get me skinnier?

It could: It could also get you heart disease, peripheral artery disease, chronic lung disease, several types of cancers, bad odor, and make you a fire hazard as well as costing $2000 a year. Take your choice. ...Read more

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Can you get cancer easily from smoking different brands of cigarettes?

Can you get cancer easily from smoking different brands of cigarettes?

No real difference: What counts is the total amount of tars and other carcinogenic substances found in smoke, not whether you use one brand or twenty. Some brands have more tars than others, but it depends as much on your smoking pattern (holding low tar cigarettes right around where the filter begins shuts off the tiny holes in the paper and increases tars), including how deeply you inhale, how long you hold it etc ...Read more

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What will happen if I cut down smoking cigarettes / weed? Will I get any health benefits?

What will happen if I cut down smoking cigarettes / weed? Will I get any health benefits?

Much better: Stopping smoking is the best way to feel better ib many ways. Smoking weed can sometime cause kidney failure. Be careful. Quit. ...Read more

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How do people get addicted to smoking cigarettes?

How do people get addicted to smoking cigarettes?

Nicotine: Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs there is. For eg., when rats in a study were given the choice of choosing by lever Cocaine heroin and nicotine....They always gravitated to nicotine the most. Even if the position of the levers and drugs were switched around. It also explains why it is so hard to quit smoking. Whatever you do, don't start smoking and get your friends and family to stop. ...Read more

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Can you get cancer from smoking electronic cigarettes?

Can you get cancer from smoking electronic cigarettes?

Possibly: The studies are beginning to indicate that e-cigs can cause lung injury. Certain chemicals in the liquid are able to cause lung inflammation. If this inflammation continues over years, damage to the DNA can occur. This represents a similar pathophysiology as what happens with smoking cigarettes. ...Read more

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How long before you can get cancer when you start smoking cigarettes?

How long before you can get cancer when you start smoking cigarettes?

Depends: It depends on many factors, but from the practical standpoint, who cares? The important things are: if you don't smoke (or use any tobacco product), never start. If you do, stop right away. It is never too late. Work hard at it. Don't give someone your hard earned money so you can get sick later. ...Read more

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How quickly can you get cancer from smoking cigarettes, but only for like 10 months and not everyday?

How quickly can you get cancer from smoking cigarettes, but only for like 10 months and not everyday?

Quit ASAP!!!: It usually takes years, but why do you want to take a chance. Quit as soon as you can. Cancer is only one of the harmful effects of smoking, others being heart attacks, COPD and emphysema and many more. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I would get cancer from smoking cigarettes? Does everyone who smokes get cancer?

What are the chances that I would get cancer from smoking cigarettes? Does everyone who smokes get cancer?

No, not everyone: There are more than 50 million smokers in the US, and about 1 million people a year get cancer, and about half of them will die from it. Over 90% of the 200 thousand deaths per year of lung and head/neck cancer are directly due to smoking, as are many other kinds of cancer (often smoking together with excessive alcohol use). Smoking also kills people from heart attack, stroke and other illnesses. ...Read more

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For an insurance discount blood test how long will it take to get cigarette smoking to not show on test? I smoke @3 cigarettes/day.

For an insurance discount blood test how long will it take to get cigarette smoking to not show on test? I smoke @3 cigarettes/day.

1 week: You need to stop smoking as this is never a good choice. But for practical purposes you need to remain 1 week at minimum without smoking. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more