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I was recently bitten by a beetle while asleep. Subsequent research leads me to believe it was a "kissing bug". The bite was extremely painful and the reaction (fever, swelling, & pain) continued for a week. I read they can inject a parasite that can

I was recently bitten by a beetle while asleep. Subsequent research leads me to believe it was a "kissing bug". The bite was  extremely painful  and the reaction  (fever, swelling,  & pain) continued for a week. I read they can inject a parasite that can

Chagas disease: If you were bitten in north america it is extremely unlikely that you will contract chagas disease. The prevalence of the disease here is just too low. Some will develop an ulcer at the site of the bite. Parasitemia is easily demonstrated with blood smears or pcr. ...Read more

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I am not 100% sure but I think I was bitten by a "kissing" bug. What are chances of Chagas' disease? I live in Louisiana.

Chagas : not enough known to give accurate predictions. Chagas is rare in the U.S. So probability has to be low . ...Read more

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Bit by kissing bug a year ago, posion center advised to get tested for chagasdisease.Er people thought i was crazy, who can test for it ?

Bit by kissing bug a year ago, posion center advised to get tested for chagasdisease.Er people thought i was crazy, who can test for it ?

See Dr...: Either primary care or infectious disease (id). The er is not the place to go when you need specialized testing that takes several days to return a result (as the test you mention does). An id dr can also do a thorough exam and look / test for other problems. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a stray dog. Actually it was hit by a bike and unconsciously it bit me. Now i've taken one dose of ARV.can kissing be done or risky?

I was bitten by a stray dog.  Actually it was hit by a bike and unconsciously it bit me. Now i've taken one dose of ARV.can kissing be done or risky?

Kissing ok >2 weeks: ARV induces the production of protective virus-neutralizing antibodies within approximately 7 to 10 days that persist for several years No transmission of rabies has been documented from rabies-infected patients to healthcare providers or household contacts or by fomites or environmental surfaces ...Read more

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Should i get tested for Chagas disease? Ive spent alot of time in florida and tennessee which both have kissing bugs

Should i get tested for Chagas disease? Ive spent alot of time in florida and tennessee which both have kissing bugs

Micro-organism: It takes two items, kissing bugs and a microorganism, trypanosoma cruzi, that causes Chagas disease. The microorganism is not endemic in the US so you do not need to be concerned about getting tested. You may consult this site for more info on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chagas-disease/basics/definition/CON-20030854 ...Read more

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My dog vomited, and before I knew I was kissing her head, and she might have had a little bit on her, should i be worried for myself getting sick?

My dog vomited, and before I knew I was kissing her head, and she might have had a little bit on her, should i be worried for myself getting sick?

Why worry now?: Dogs vomit for all kinds of non-contagious reasons. Anyway, if you've been exposed to a dog pathogen, there's no certainty you caught it. Give it a few days, but there's really not much you can do at this point but worry needlessly. Wait and see-- ...Read more

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My boyfriend was bit by a possibly rabid animal yesterday. Last night we kissed quite a bit and I gave him oral sex. Could I contract it through him?

My boyfriend was bit by a possibly rabid animal yesterday. Last night we kissed quite a bit and I gave him oral sex.  Could I contract it through him?

No risk, no worries: Rabies is not transmitted until the infected persons has had it quite a while. Even if your boyfriend caught rabies, you couldn't catch it from him for at least a few weeks. Even then, human to human transmission is exceedingly rare, if it happens at all. Of course your bf needs to see a doctor (or speak with the health department) ASAP about the bite and whether he needs rabies shots. ...Read more

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I have a little wound i bit myself 5 days ago and i kissed a guy i didn't have blood or either did he should I get checked for HIV ?

I have a little wound i bit myself 5 days ago and i kissed a guy i didn't have blood  or either did he should I get checked for HIV ?

Hiv: Not necessarily unless you have other reasons to do so. Discuss this with your doctor who will ask you more pertinent questions concerning your relationship and activity. ...Read more

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