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Doctor insights on: Teens And High Risk Behavior

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Is kissing a high-risk behavior, low-risk behavior, or a no-risk behavior for contracting hiv? I'm a high school student and i'm taking a health & physical education course. I'm having a hard time finding the answer to this question.

According : According to the center for disease control (one of the best sources for accurate information): "it depends on the type of kissing. There is no risk from closed-mouth kissing. There is an extremely low-risk from deep, open-mouth kissing if there are sores or bleeding gums and blood is exchanged. Therefore, persons living with HIV should avoid this behavior with a non-infected partner." for the sake of your homework, i'd go with no-risk. Below i've attached the cdc website on HIV transmission. Maybe you'll get extra credit for specifying the no-risk vs. Low risk behaviors. ...Read more

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Do I need PEP for protected sex with a unknown status person. Worried he may do high high risk behaviors but used condoms. Two times?

Do I need PEP for protected sex with a unknown status person. Worried he may do high high risk behaviors but used condoms. Two times?

Probably not: PEP decisions are made case by case, depending on details. For example, what do you mean by "may do high risk behaviors"? Also local frequency of HIV in various risk groups. With a heterosexual exposure plus condom for vaginal sex, I doubt PEP would be recommended. But you'll need to see a local HIV expert, or contact the local or state health department. ...Read more

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I'm 52, never tested for hepatitis C should I get the blood test? No high risk behaviors that I can recall

I'm 52, never tested for hepatitis C   should I get the blood test? No high risk behaviors that I can recall

Better to get tested: Many people have hep c and are not aware. It is important to get tested since, the infection may be treatable and prevent liver damage. ...Read more

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What can teens with a high risk of diabetes eat ?

What can teens with a high risk of diabetes eat ?

Avoid white stuff: A teen with a high risk for diabetes should strive to maintain ideal body weight. Weight = height in CM -100. Not a perfect formula, but it sticks out in your mind. If you are overwheight, you want to try to get on a healthy diet. Dieticians can go for days telling you what to eat and what not to eat and how to check carbs. The most simple way - reduce foods white in color (flour based, eggs, etc. ...Read more

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If I only smoke one cigarette a day for 4 months will I still be at high risk for major health pproblems?

If I only smoke one cigarette a day for 4 months will I still be at high risk for major health pproblems?

Maybe: Nicotine is a very addicting substance (probably more so than alcohol or heroin). Trying to limit your intake almost always results in increasing us over time. Why take any chances - quit before it is too late. ...Read more

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Can you explain an insurnace high risk pool?

Can you explain an insurnace high risk pool?

A group of: persons who are uninsurable by normal plans because their high risk status all but guarantees the insurance company will lose money on them...the premium pool will not be able to cover the payouts. For example, a patient with a pre-existing medical condition trying to get health insurance, or a driver with multiple driving infractions/accidents trying to get auto insurance. ...Read more

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I've tried to get health ins. Since i got sick 3 yrs ago, but keep being denied. Told i make too much or can't afford premium, high risk. What can I do?

I've tried to get health ins. Since i got sick 3 yrs ago, but keep being denied. Told i make too much or can't afford premium, high risk. What can I do?

ObamaCare can help: Obamacare can help people with preexisting conditions who have excessive, unaffordable premiums... But those features of obamacare may not be effective yet. Meanwhile, one can check for county or state sponsored insurance programs (some places have them, some don't). Another alternative is to find a job that offers health insurance benefits, but it can be hard to find a job sometimes. Good luck! ...Read more

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If high risk should I stop work?

Depends.: If your high-risk profile could be improved by modified bedrest or restricted activity, then yes. ...Read more

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What does acute exposure means and high risk exposer means?

Exposure: Acute exposure - sudden contact with something that is of short duration and normally won't repeat itself. High risk exposure - exposure to a substance that represents significant hazard to human health. ...Read more