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Whatever Happened With The Ebola Virus Scare
Is it true that undetectable virus load has to do something with the provirus in the HIV life cycle?
Depends: If their partner already has HIV infection, this might eventually be related to an earlier death. If they are not yet infected and both remain celibate, they will not become infected unless they share needles or exchange blood or body fluids. Hiv is very difficult to give to another person short of sex or the above features. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I just heard a story about needles infected with HIV virus intentionally injected to people in public areas like cinema and bus. Any truth to this ?
Internet myths: Nope. This false myth is both impossible to be true, but has been circulating in various forms on the internet for some time. ...Read more
When somebody is infected with HIV today, can that person transmit the virus after 3 days to somebody else with oral sex?
Depends: If the oral sex includes ejaculation of semen into the oral cavity past the tongue and onto the back of the throat and tonsils, absolutely (assuming the acute increase in viral load associated with early infection has occurred). If this was oral sex on a woman the answer is that transmission by that route is highly improbable. Go and get tested. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the chances of transmitting genital hsv-1 to someone who hasn't been exposed to the virus?
Always a possiblity: The virus is most transmissible just prior to symptoms showing up and can continue while cold sores or herpetic lesions are visible. Best way to avoid is to try and keep the virus dormant by living a healthy and stress free life. You can also minimize or prevent outbreaks with a medicine called valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more
My grandpa has human cytomegalovirus. What are the chances that i caught this by simply kissing him on the lips?
~everybody gets it: Almost everybody gets CMV and can from infancy up until old age.It is not recurrent like a cold, but it is so common in the gereral population you can be exposed almost anywhere.Any shopping cart,door knob,counter top, railing, etc could hold the virus long enough that you get exposed. Innocently wiping your face can transfer it to your mouth where it enters to infect you. ...Read more
2014 Ebola Outbreak: The hardest hit countries - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone screen passengers prior to air departure which includes taking temperature. Two Americans were medically evacuated to the US for treatment. One Liberian national entered the USA while not symptomatic. In general, attempts at containment will be to keep cases from the US but it isn't possible to identify the person in incubation period. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can US say it'd be able to contain Ebola here, where the worst case ever in US was only 4 infected people who stayed asymptomatic?
Well: Initial management of the Liberian National who was stricken with Ebola Virus by the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has heightened concern by some. The Center for Disease Control,state and local medical resources quickly became involved with identification, monitoring and containment of contacts.This situation heightened efforts made at other hospitals through out the US to be prepared. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It is possible: Yes it is possible in my opinion. ...Read more
If smallpox only affected humans, where did the first person contract it from? Is the virus related to other "pox"? Rickettsial, cow, chicken?
Virus: If they're all named with the same genus because they are related. Chicken pox is a herpesvirus; the rule only works with the latin names. These viruses mutate and gene-swap so that's how they can 'jump species' and change from being zoonotic to affecting humans. ...Read more
If the genitals of another who has HPV are touched, then another object is touched, can that object transmit HPV to someone else who touches that obj?
In theory: but probably not ( unless immediate, wet surface) ...Read more
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