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Hepatitis B And Hiv Aids
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
See below: These are two different tests that have to be ordered individually. ...Read more
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
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
Can you tell me what you suggest if you are hepatitis b surface antibodies positive does this mean you have HIV as well?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
Tested negative in HIV, Herpes, Hepatitis B&C (in due time) after an unprotected sexual exposure 2 years back, should I test/re-test anything else?
Is it possible to get HIV or hepatitis b or c from getting accidentally nicked during a haircut? Likely? Should I be tested?
No risk: Nope. No risk.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
% 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
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more