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Is There A Way Of Knowing Who Transmitted
Acrophobia: For Phobias consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy (imaginal exposure therapy, systematic desensitization, flooding, prolonged exposure therapy, in vivo exposure therapy) or hypnosis as possible options. Psychotropic medications are some times indicated as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the safest way to be intimate with a woman with herpes with a less likely chance of contracting the virus?
Herpes: First we need to know what type of herpes she has. Second, where does she have it? If it is not known then there is no way to test or guess where she is contagious. Many people are being put on a herpes mediation to suppress viral shedding, but this lowers the risk of transmission by 50% at most. 90% of people with herpes do not have an outbreak and thus cannot tell us where they are infected. ...Read more
Several: Transmission across the placenta during pregnancy, breast feeding, rarely through bodily secretions or blood from mom onto an open lesion on the baby (but this virtually never happens). Hiv is never casually transmitted. It is not easy to get and it requires the infected person to have a high viral load and have that viral load transmitted by some form of intimate contact. Stay safe. ...Read more
Check with YOUR Dr.: Some diagnostic companies perform ultrasound tests in the carotid arteries to detect hemodynamic significant obstructions or plaques of cholesterol. Insurances don't pay for this service unless pt. Has a bruit, or signs of stroke or tias. Carotid disease is only one of the possible causes of stroke. There are check lists with risk factors on line you may read.http://www.strokeassociation.org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any way whatsoever one can get an std from a hand-job. Really nervous anyone's advice is much appreciated.
Virtually no risk: Could it happen in theory? Sure. Does it happen with any measurable frequency? No. In my 40 years in the STD business, and working in a public STD clinic with 10-15,000 patient visits a year, I have never seen or heard of a patient who was infected by hand-genital contact. Don't worry about it. ...Read more
Vitiligo: The choice of therapy depends on the number of white patches; their location, sizes, and how widespread they are; and what you prefer in terms of treatment. Each patient responds differently to therapy, and a particular treatment may not work for everyone. Current treatment options for vitiligo include medication, surgery, and adjunctive therapies (used along with surgical or medical treatments). ...Read more
Is there a way to determine how long a person has had genital herpes after finding out about the infectio?
No: No, unless you saw your doctor and had a blood test the first time you had an ulcer and the antibody test only showed the acute form, IgM. That would suggest you were infected sometime in the prior 6 weeks. After that point, IgM goes away and the permanent antibody, IgG, develops. If the test shows only IgG, then there is no way to know ...Read more
Is there a medical condition that only allows a female to be pregnant with a child of one particular sex?
Rare: In theory, if a woman carries an sex chromosome disorder called "X linked recessive", she can give birth to normal females or females who carry the abnormal X, but cause significant defects or be lethal (abort) a male conceptus that did not have a normal X to cancel it's effect. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If the symptoms of genital herpes and HIV are the same, is there a way to tell the difference? Besides testing...
Misinformation: I'm really sorry that somebody told you this total untruth. Genital herpes is groups of painful blisters. HIV is a systemic disease that in the acute phase is often the worst 'flu you've ever had. Further, if you have any concern that you have contracted HIV, you owe it to yourself and all those who love you in any way to get yourself tested. Herpes labs are less reliable. Do the right thing. ...Read more
No: If you have it , you have it, you need to change your life style and control it but if you go back to your ways it will come back. ...Read more
Oral sex: Not really - check before you do anything. ...Read more
What are the most effective ways a person can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease if there is a family history? Assume already healthy lifestyle
Several things: Control risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetis, check you lipid profile and keep LDL below recommended level according to your risk factors, no smoking, decrease sress, excercise frequently but not excessively. Taking some medication otc like 81 mg aspirin, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin d and c supplements can be helpful although no strong evidence in healthy persons. ...Read more
Find the cause first: Headaches can be caused by multiple possible causes. The common causes are stress, tension headache or vascular headaches like Migraine type of headaches. Less common causes include tumor or abscess in the brain. This may require a brain scan(CT scan or MRI of the Brain). To do all of the above you need to go see a doctor either primary care/family medicine doctor or a neurologist ASAP. ...Read more
Is there any possibility of knowing whether a 2 week old baby is mentally challenged? Are there any symptoms?
Neuro exam: There is a thorough neurological exam that can be done on two week old baby ( including primitive reflexes, muscle tone etc) that can predict if the baby is neurologically deficit. You need to test fine motor and vocal skills to look for mental development which can be done once baby grows a little bit. ...Read more
Dementia: Dementia is a syndrome characterised by memory loss and its impact on the persons ability to function independently. Common causes of dementia include alzheimers disease, stroke, parkinsons disease , lewy body dementia and others. A full medical and cognitive assessment should be done to assess for potential "reversible" causes of memory loss. ...Read more
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