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What can I do in order not to get germs in a shared toilet among 6 other people?

What can I do in order not to get germs in a shared toilet among 6 other people?

Sanitation: 1. Amongst the seven of you - ensure that the bathroom / toilet are regularly cleaned. 2. Can place tissue on the seat. 3. Wash hands well with soap and warm water after using the toilet. ...Read more

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Can you catch aids just by someone putting their penis in you, or do they have to ejaculate and exchange bodily fluids in some sort?

Can you catch aids just by someone putting their penis in you, or do they have to ejaculate and exchange bodily fluids in some sort?

Not sure: How can you be sure that there might not have been a slight amount of ejaculate. Also there is usually some blood exchanges during intercourse because of the friction. Be safe and put a raincoat on your penis until you are certain of the partner's std status. ...Read more

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Hey we have a case of noro virus in our house and i tend to go crazy when i hear about these flu what can a person do to avoid getting it or a treatme?

Hey we have a case of noro virus in our house and i tend to go crazy when i hear about these flu what can a person do to avoid getting it or a treatme?

Wash your hands: The best way to prevent any gastrointestinal illness is diligent hand washing with soap and water. Hand sanitizer would not be sufficient. Sterilizing all surfaces at home will help too, to decrease the chance that there is already a contaminated surface that you could touch. ...Read more

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Other than aids why are some men unable to have sex? According to what I have heard something may be wrong with their blood stream in their penis.

Other than aids why are some men unable to have sex? According to what I have heard something may be wrong with their blood stream in their penis.

Impotence: There are many reasons. Diabetes or other endocrine problems, nerve problems or damage, medications, drugs, alcohol to name a few. There is also the possibility of psychological issues. A visit to a doctor could help sort it out. ...Read more

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Are there any serious diseases you could get by talking to a vagabond in close proximity and shaking his hand? Esp. diseases that kill in stealth?

Are there any serious diseases you could get by talking to a vagabond in close proximity and shaking his hand?  Esp. diseases that kill in stealth?

No: Jimmy, you did a good thing, and you're a far better man than most of your peers. One of the most wonderful gifts you can give another human being is your time. A homeless person may suffer from loneliness and from mental bewilderment beyond what you can even imagine. You were surely a blessing to him. Don't worry -- you're tough, and your body can handle whatever was on his hands ...Read more

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I have to stay in a shelter with lots of people. If someone has Zika, are we all going to catch it?

I have to stay in a shelter with lots of people. If someone has Zika, are we all going to catch it?

No: The Zika virus is only spread through mosquito bites or sex with an infected person. If you wear long sleeves, long pants you can reduce risk of mosquito bites. Most adults only have mild symptoms if they contract Zika (fever, rash, joint pains) and recover without any side effects. ...Read more

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Can you get hsv1 from sharing popcorn with someone who has it like they put some in their mouth then put their hand back in to get more can I get it

Can you get hsv1 from sharing popcorn with someone who has it  like they put some in their mouth then put their hand back in to get more can I get it

Likely no: While you shouldn't share drinks or utensils with someone who is having symptoms from their hsv, finger-to-finger contact over popcorn should not be a big risk. If you're worried, get a bowl and have separate servings of the popcorn. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many illnesses do plants and humans have in common, if any?

Can you let me know how many illnesses do plants and humans have in common, if any?

None: Infection of plants is an entirely different issue than infection of animals (and humans). Plants frequently are toxic to animals to prevent consumption by those same animals.But that is not common illness. ...Read more

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Why does everyone say you should let your kids play in dirt and at the park if its possible to catch parasites that can cause blindness and worse?

Why does everyone say you should let your kids play in dirt and at the park if its possible to catch parasites that can cause blindness and worse?

Odd preoccupation: Not every park or sandbox is a breeding ground for germs/parasites or worse. Your preoccupation is sad, since you are likely to pass it on to your kids who may never be able to enjoy nature. You are free to believe this if you wish, but I encourage parents to introduce their kids to the natural world.In 3+ decades of practice none have had the issues you fear. ...Read more

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How can a change in your surroundings prevent illness? I hear some people say that.

How can a change in your surroundings prevent illness?  I hear some people say that.

Yes: Many illnesses are associated with smoke, smog, stress, industrial waste, weather, crowding etc. If you have lllness associated with these factors, yo ucould change it by changing you surrounding appropriately. ...Read more

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Can you get Ebola from an infected person's blood or bodily fluid/secretions that are left like say, in a public place long after they have left?

Can you get Ebola from an infected person's blood or bodily fluid/secretions that are left like say, in a public place long after they have left?

Ebola Virus: When dried, in small amounts on a surface in ambient conditions - the Ebola virus usually is not alive for more than a few hours. It can live longer in body fluids maintained at room temperature and considerably longer at lower temperatures (4 Celsius or lower). ...Read more

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I get acquainted with a women who travels often to South Asia. As for the many diseases in the region. Do I have to refrain from having sex with her?

I get acquainted with a women who travels often to South Asia. As for the many diseases in the region. Do I have to refrain from having sex with her?

STD risk: Unprotected sex( sex without a condom) carries the risk of sexually transmitted disease ( STD). Correct and consistent use of condoms will mitigate risk but not eliminate it. Unless both partners are known free of STD and are mutually monogamous ( they have sex only with each other) , sex will carry risk of STD. ...Read more

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Can just walking around in a public place like a library (no physical contact with people) cause you to catch any type of virus?

Can just walking around in a public place like a library (no physical contact with people) cause you to catch any type of virus?

Very unlikely: Some viruses (and bacteria) are spread through the air, e.g. when people cough. However, almost all such infections require pretty close physical contact or at least coughing right in the face. The risk is very low from simply being in a public area. Be sure you are up to date on immunizations, including influenza vaccination once a year. Otherwise don't worry about this. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can not catch the same virus as other people in my house?

Can i tell me how i can not catch the same virus as other people in my house?

Minimize contact ;: Most viruses are spread by touch so try to avoid touching those who are sick as well as surfaces they touched (which can be tricky- doorknobs, light-switches etc.) but even if exposed you may not get sick if your immunity is strong. Eat well (esp. Avoid sweets), get enough sleep, take vit d (5-8.000 iu/day) ; a mulitivitamin, take immune tonics like andrographis ; astragalus. Good luck! ...Read more

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How many times do you have to have sex with an infected person in order to catch chlamydia?

How many times do you have to have sex with an infected person in order to catch chlamydia?

Once: If that person is shedding the germ during unprotected sex, you can get it with a single brief exposure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout the black plague what were some things people did to keep sanitation?

Can you tell me if throughout the black plague what were some things people did to keep sanitation?

Black Plague: Plague has been recorded since 541 AD when there was no understanding about bacterial infections and how to prevent them. The major sanitation I am aware of was when bodies were removed and buried in the ground. ...Read more

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Do I need to be fearful of getting HIV from somebody who has the infection in their blood?

Do I need to be fearful of getting HIV from somebody who has the infection in their blood?

No: Only if you are sexually intimate, sharing needles or accepting organ donations. Hiv is not transmitted casually. You have to work to get it. ...Read more

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How do I disinfect my cellphone and remotes in order to clean off giardia or other protozoa parasites (suppose they are there)?

See below: Unless your phone and remote were contaminated by fecal material, it is unlikely that there are cysts of these parasites on the implements. To satisfy your concern, you may clean these with Chlorox wipes. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more