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Why are heroin users at a higher risk for contracting hiv/aids and hepatitis b and c?

Why are heroin users at a higher risk for contracting hiv/aids and hepatitis b and c?

Contaminated needles: Years ago they found a case of hepb in a worker who got stuck by a needle cleaning out a crack house that had been abandoned for a year. All the mentioned illnesses are passed readily thru contaminated needles. The blood tainting the needle itself, hub or syringe can spread the disease to any subsequent user. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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Could the HBV vaccine help protect you against hiv/aids?

Could the HBV vaccine help protect you against hiv/aids?

No: This agent is for the prevention of a separate virus. It would provide no benefit except to prevent the target virus. ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the HBV vaccine help protect you against hiv/aids?

I'm wondering can the HBV vaccine help protect you against hiv/aids?

No: This agent is for the prevention of a separate virus. It would provide no benefit except to prevent the target virus. ...Read more

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What are the chances of becoming infected with hepatitis, or hiv/aids by a slight needle prick?

What are the chances of becoming infected with hepatitis, or hiv/aids by a slight needle prick?

See below: If you have had a contaminated needle stick you you need to go immediately to see a physician and if at all possible you need to know the person that contaminated the needle-does he/she have hivt. ...Read more

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Can having chronic hepatitis b mean that i most likely have hiv?

Absolutely NOT: They are 2 completely separate infections. I would recommend getting tested for HIV as if present, prognosis for hep b is worse. But there are lots of people with just chronic hep b infection. It is not so bad as long as you get regular f/u and treatment if liver affected. ...Read more

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Risk for contracting HIV through needle stick with risk for contracting hepatitis b?

Risk for contracting HIV through needle stick with risk for contracting hepatitis b?

HIV infectivity: Overall, the risk of transmission of hepatitis b in the per vaccine era was about 30%. Risk of acquiring HIV via needle is more like 0.3 %. ...Read more

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I was having my blood drawn today. The nurse dropped her gloves on the floor and then used them to draw my blood . Can I get hiv or hepatitis b/c?

I was having my blood drawn today. The nurse dropped her gloves on the floor and then used them to draw my blood . Can I get hiv or hepatitis b/c?

NO: Hepatitis B and C can be transmitted by blood, fecal contamination and or sexual secretions; however, I would suggest notifying the lab about the incident. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i get HIV or hepatitis b , c from raw meat?

Please tell me, could i get HIV or hepatitis b , c from raw meat?

No: Unless "raw meat" is a metaphor. You don't get these from food. However, raw meat ("steak tartare", etc.) puts you at risk for toxoplasmosis, and if it's pork for stuff that's even worse. I've never known a pathologist who eats any animal product undercooked. ...Read more

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How do you contract hiv, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c?

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Any: Any compromised skin at all; if your cut hasn't healed yet, there is a chance for infection. Get screened if you have been exposed. ...Read more

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How long after getting a cadaver graft do I have to wait for a home test to detect possible hepatitis b and c? Is there a 3 month wait like HIV?

How long after getting a cadaver graft do I have to wait for a home test to detect  possible hepatitis b and c? Is there a 3 month wait like HIV?

Probably no need: The cadaver graft source surely was tested and the graft wouldn't have been used unless negative for all these viruses. If testing is really needed for some reason, the wait for accurate HIV test is 4-8 weeks, depending on which test is done; 3 months is old news. For hepatitis B and C, it's 6-12 weeks, depending on risk. Discuss all this with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of HIV but i tested (-) for it… my dr tested me for hepatitis b, dsdna, and ld. I had a positive ANA 1.80. Any other tests?

I have all the symptoms of HIV but i tested (-) for it… my dr tested me for hepatitis b, dsdna, and ld. I had a positive ANA 1.80. Any other tests?

Night sweats: You list night sweats and this is serious business. I would not fault your physician for sending you for echo to look for endocarditis. A search for tuberculosis, occult hodgkin's, and a host of other illnesses depending on your history, physical and routine labs are in order. ...Read more

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% of getting hiv/hepatitis-B/C by toilet water splashing back at your hemmorhoid/anal fischure if last person was infected & didn't flush completely?

% of getting hiv/hepatitis-B/C by toilet water splashing back at your hemmorhoid/anal fischure if last person was infected & didn't flush completely?

Forget it: That's not a realistic concern. During the old days, family members of patients simply did not get infected with these except be practices recognized as risky. If you find yourself thinking obsessively about this stuff, a short course of cognitive behavioral therapy may be a huge help. Life is hard enough without such fears. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can mosquitoes transmit hiv, hepatitis b, or hepatitis c?

Mosquitos & Illness: Nope. There is no evidence of any transmission of these three dangerous viruses from mosquito to human. It has been looked at a lot and worldwide the answer is the same. Nope. ...Read more

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Aids, hepatitis b and hepatitis C are caused by pathogens that are found in the blood of those infected?

Viral Infections: Not sure what you are really asking or how this answer will in any way add to your medical knowledge. But, yes, of course. These three major viral illnesses are common and many of those infected have these viruses as chronic active infections in their blood stream. 80% of those adults who get hep b will clear the infection from their blood. New treatments for hep c can lead to cure. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Definition)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the final stage of HIV, which causes intense damage to the immune system. It is associated with a low CD4 lymphocytes count and clinical signs of immune dysfunction. Specifically, AIDS begins when the CD4 cell ...Read more