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Doctor insights on: Screened Tested Anthrax

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Could chlamydia be tested positive as gonorrhea?

Could chlamydia be tested positive as gonorrhea?

Unlikely : The specific markers for both ailments are very different and when the appropriate tests are done, these are not difficult to separate. If the care provider does not do one of the specific tests, but treats because of symptoms, mistakes could occur. ...Read more

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Tuberculosis vaccinated, TB test positive...Will my ANA be positive because of TB test positive due to vaccine?

Tuberculosis vaccinated, TB test positive...Will my ANA be positive because of TB test positive due to vaccine?

No: There is no cross reaction between them. By the way, up to 5% of normal individuals may test positive to ANA test, usually at low titer. ...Read more

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I tested positive for Lyme disease in 6?

I tested positive for Lyme disease in 6?

Need more info: So what is your question? One needs to know your symptoms and which 6 bands were positive. It may or may not have any significance. ...Read more

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Who should get tested for hepatitis c?

Who should get tested for hepatitis c?

Hep C testing: The "old answer" would be: 1. Abnormal "lfts" 2. At-risk conditions - eg. Blood transfusions pre-1993, any history if IV drug use (even once), history of jaundice or hepatitis etc. Etc. But, the CDC is contemplating recommending all us people born between 1946 and 1965 (and maybe 1970) should be screened once. http://www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hepatitis/actionplan_viralhepatitis2011.pdf. ...Read more

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Will STDs be detected in urinalysis, syphilis serology tests?

Will STDs be detected in urinalysis, syphilis serology tests?

Depends.: In an normal urinalysis they do not test for stds. But you can use the same urine sample to test for chlamydia or gonorrhea. When they take blood for the syphilis test, the can also test for HIV and hep c, but not for chlamydia or gonorrhea. In summary, to have a "full std panel", you need to give both blood and urine. ...Read more

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Who should be tested for chlamydia?

Who should be tested for chlamydia?

Age, sexual risks: First, anyone who is sexually active and has symptoms that can be caused by chlamydia, i.e. penile or vaginal discharge, uncomfortable urination, etc. With no symptoms, standard recommendations (e.g. by CDC) are for routine testing at least once a year of all women up to age 20 if they have ever had sex; also those 21-30 with >1 partner, partner with other partners, etc. Uncommon after age 30. ...Read more

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Who should be tested for hepatitis?

Who should be tested for hepatitis?

CDC contemplates new: The CDC is contemplating new recommendations for hepatitis c sceening -age based - rather than 'known exposure'.Otherwise i concur with the advice from dr. Arthur xxx(i can't see who answered originally without losing this screen). ...Read more

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Who benefits if all boomers get tested for hcv?

Who benefits if all boomers get tested for hcv?

Individs and society: Not all boomers need to be tested. Risk factors include nasal (snort), IV (mainline) or im (skin pop) drug use, contaminated tattoo use, less is sexual contact (multiple partners, unprotected sex), transfusions before 1993 (testing), hemophilia rx before 1993, illegal abortions, especially before roe v wade, hx stds. Estimated 4 million infected. Biggest cohort is among those born 1945-1965. ...Read more

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Is ureaplasma urealyticum/parvum linked to hiv.

Is ureaplasma urealyticum/parvum linked to hiv.

No link: Ureaplasma parvum and most strains of U urealyticum are normal genital tract bacteria, present in the vagina or male urinary tract in at least 50% of healthy persons. UU sometimes causes nongonococcal/nonspecific urethritis in men (NGU, NSU), but no health problems in women are known. There is no link with HIV. Your nearest NHS GUM clinic is an excellent source for additional information. ...Read more

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If you've been tested for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea can you still have herpes or warts?

If you've been tested for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea can you still have herpes or warts?

Yes, of course: Each STD has its own specific tests. Of course it is possible to have herpes or HPV without having positive tests for those other infections. ...Read more

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Explan why one human immunodeficiency virus test cannot definitely diagnose hiv?

Explan why one human immunodeficiency virus test cannot definitely diagnose hiv?

Good question: The HIV test to which you refer is an elisa assay which is quite sensitive but not as specific as the confirmatory western blot. These measure the presence of antibodies to the HIV and these may take from 2 wks to several months to develop. If you run the test before the antibodies have appeared, it will be negative, only to change to positive once antibody formation has occurred. ...Read more

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Are children tested for diabetes?

Are children tested for diabetes?

Infancy: The youngest child in my practice with new onset diabetes was about 8 months old. She had recurrent yeast diaper rash and had elevated sugar levels in her urine and blood. Any child can be tested for diabetes with a urinalysis and a blood sugar level, so technically a newborn can be tested for diabetes. Diabetes is very uncommon in young infants. ...Read more

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Who should get tested for syphilis? All married couples?

Who should get tested for syphilis? All married couples?

All pregnant women!: All pregnant women are screened for syphilis. Non-pregnant women may get tested on their own initiative or if their doctor recommends it. ...Read more

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Can you detect spirochete infections(leptospirosis, borreliosis, syphilis) via blood culture tests? If not, why?

Can you detect spirochete infections(leptospirosis, borreliosis, syphilis) via blood culture tests?  If not, why?

Spirochaetes: These organisms are exceptionally difficult, if not impossible, to grow in artificial media. They can be diagnosed by special stains, serologically by antibody formation, and in some instances by detection of antigens by nuclear protein detection. ...Read more

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Can I get screened or tested to find out whether I have been exposed to anthrax?

Can I get screened or tested to find out whether I have been exposed to anthrax?

Not a specific test: There is not a specific test for anthrax. If spores were to be seen on gram staining - this could confirm the diagnosis. Problem is that they are often not present. ...Read more

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Is anthrax severe?

Can be: Pulmonary anthrax can be deadly within days. Other forma, not so problamatic but worthy of agressive treatment. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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How is anthrax transmitted?

Air-borne: Anthrax is an air-borne illness. These spores can live in sheeps wool and get into the body by inhalation. ...Read more

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What are the ways to diagnose anthrax?

Id in smear/culture: Lab testing can identify the germ in blood smears/spinal fluid/abdominal fluid or from blood cultures. Specimines are obtained before abx & placed on appropriate media for growth & identification. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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How deadly is anthrax?

How deadly is anthrax?

Very: Skin, gastrointestinal and pulmonary anthrax are increasingly deadly in the order listed. Pulmonary anthrax, once it becomes apparent, is lethal in almost all cases. ...Read more

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Is anthrax always fatal?

No: It can be treated with penicillin and other antibiotics. The pulmonary form of anthrax is the form most likely to be fatal. ...Read more

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How contagious is anthrax?

Not easily passed: Anthrax is passed thru:contact of the spores on the skin producing a skin ulcer, inhalation of spores into the lung producing inhalation anthrax; ingestion of spore containing food producing throat/gi anthrax. It is not spread from on person to another.Anthrax is notorius as a bioterrorism agent (2001), anthrax is not going to go around like a flu. ...Read more

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Why is anthrax so hard to kill?

Spores: Anthrax bacterial form spores with a thick coat and the spore form can remain dormant for years. ...Read more

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How quickly can anthrax kill you?

Anthrax: The incubation period is usually 1 to 7 days for pulmonary anthrax. Per http://ideas.Health.Vic.Gov.Au/bluebook/anthrax.Asp “evidence from mass exposures indicates incubation periods up to 60 days are possible for pulmonary anthrax, related to delayed activation of inhaled spores.” incubation is followed by a somewhat mild prodromal phase with average duration of 2 days. ...Read more

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Long term side effects of anthrax?

Anthrax: Is usually fatal if not treated right away, it is not a chronic disease. ...Read more

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Is my hookah poisoned with anthrax?

Not likely: But using tobacco is a very bad idea. ...Read more

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Will exposure to anthrax harm my child?

Yes: Anthrax is a serious illness. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anthrax/ds00422. ...Read more

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What does anthrax do to the human body?

Severe inflammation: Anthrax causes severe inflammation of the affected organ. In terms of seriousness are infections of skin, GI tract and lung. Anthrax pneumonia has very high mortality. ...Read more

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How is anthrax spread? Is it contagious?

How is anthrax spread? Is it contagious?

Contact with spores: Anthrax is not spread person to person! as we saw in 2001, spores that were sent thru the mail as a terrorist act can be inhaled & cause pulmonary anthrax. Short of this exposure, spores can be ingested on contaminated (uncooked) food and cause infection from the base of the tongue thru the GI tract. It can also cause a painless sore on the skin. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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Who should be vaccinated against anthrax?

Military & lab work: People at risk for contracting anthrax should be immunized against it. Currently certain military personnel, people who work with anthrax in labs, people who work with imported animal hides or furs from areas of high levels of anthrax, and veterinarians working in areas (outside of usa) with high levels of anthrax. ...Read more

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Is there an effective vaccinination for anthrax?

Is there an effective vaccinination for anthrax?

Yes but use limited: There is a vaccine against anthrax that is limited in its use to parts of the military and a few additional civilians. There is little general risk outside of bioterrorism and availability of antibiotics for those potentially exposed limit its use on any broad scale. ...Read more

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I live on a farm, can I get anthrax from my livestock?

Possible but not : Likely. Please consult this site for more information. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anthrax/ds00422. ...Read more

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