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stopping meds after HIV exposure

A: Response from Dr. Pierone Hello and thanks for posting. Strictly speaking, the regimen that you have been on is not for treatment of acute HIV infection but rather for post-exposure prophylaxis after a high risk exposure. The standard course of treatment for post-exposure prophylaxis is 30 days. Then it becomes a waiting game with follow-up blood testing. The good news is that there is a greater than a 99% chance that infection will not occur. By now you should have your follow-up HIV results back should know if this preventive therapy was effective. Good luck!...


HIV risk

A: Hello Gabriel, There is absolutely NO risk from such an exposure. There is nothing to worry about. If you or your wife becomes HIV infected, it was from unprotected sex with an infected third person, or from a blood transfusion from infected blood or other high risk exposure to virus.   Good luck! --mark  ...


Do either hydroxychol./Plaquinil put you @ risk for greater immunosuppression problems?

A: 1. Yes, Plaquenil suppresses the immune system. (Autoimmune disease such as Sjogrens occurs when the body gets "confused" and attacks healthy tissue instead of just attacking the germs. Basically, the immune system is a bit out of control. Plaquenil works by suppressing the immune system. Unfortunately you can''t tell it to attack just the germs so you suppress all of its function to spare your healthy tissue- in your husband''s case, his eyes, mouth, throat.) NOTE: Plaquinil and hydroxychloroquine are essentially the same drug. The same effects should be expected from both drugs. 2. No, his immune system should not be forever compromised. I have an autoimmune disease and must take Plaquenil for the rest of my life in order to keep my immune system suppressed. There is no reason...


Is exposure to pesticides a cause of parkinson''s disease?

A: Can peticide exposure cause Parkinson’s? Parkinson’s disease (PD) is an idiopathic disease of the nervous system characterized by progressive tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and postural instability. The major pathologic feature of PD is the profound loss of pigmented neurons, mainly in the pars compacta of the substantia nigra (SN). Associated with this neuronal loss is the presence of large eosinophilic inclusions, called Lewy bodies, within the remaining pigmented neurons, made up of a series of proteins, including neurofilaments, ?-synuclein fibrils, ubiquitin, parkin, and proteasomal elements. The first clinical signs of PD, however, become apparent only after the loss of about 70–80% of dopaminergic neurons (Schapira 1999), and although the diagnosis...


What Are the risks Associated With Radon exposure?

A: Radon gas is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas which is produced as a result of the decay of uranium present in soil and rock. The gas can diffuse from the ground into the air, and can also seep into groundwater. Radon exposure may lead to cancer if the gas exposure occurs consistently over a long period of time. Radon is present in very small amounts in almost all of the world’s air supply. At these very low concentrations, there is no risk of radon exposure causing toxic effects. In some locations, such as areas where ventilation is inadequate or where increased amounts of radon gas are present, however, radon concentration may approach toxic levels. Low-ventilation locations such as...

I have been sick for the past week due to second-hand exposure to crack being smoked. How do you remedy this sickness?

A: I take two inhalers for asthma to help my lungs recover from periods after I have had the flu or colds. The first type of inhaler is a ''rescue'' inhaler called albuterol. The second inhaler has a cortisteroid that helps heal the bronchial tissue and conditions the bronchia to become less sensitive to allergens. There are several factors that can trigger the congestion and difficulty of breathing, including smoke, cold drinks and sinus problems like those associated with the flu or colds. I think it is a good idea that you see a doctor that works with respiratory diseases to see if you have asthma. My asthma was an adult-onset situation, which I believe was related to my smoking (various substances) during my 20''s. It becomes a chronic condition that is improved by regular treatment, and...


How To Identify The Individuals Who Are At risk To exposure To Blood Borne Pathogens - 10 Ways

A: Blood borne pathogens like hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus can be transmitted from an infected person to another via blood and other bodily fluids. Some jobs may have work-related exposure to blood and potentially contagious substances. Physicians, nurses, employees of laboratories, home health care workers, emergency medical technicians, dentists and dental laboratory technicians are some of the people who are at risk to exposure to blood borne pathogens. Some others may also have the risk of coming to contact with these harmful microorganisms. Answering the following questions can help you find out whether you are risk to


STD/HIV risk Assessment and Investigation Question

A: I"ll try to answer your questions as clearly as I can from your information. 1. You are right. No one can diagnose only from the information you have given. 2.Any blood tests within two or three week of exposure are worthless. 3.Probably not. Three weeks is a short time for a chancre to appear. Chancres may appear as long as three months after exposure. 4. It is difficult to assess risk from an unknown partner. I can only guess, but I"d say your risk would be about 50%. The risk of sexual intercourse with an unknown one time only may be zero or it may be 100%. It"s only a guess. 5. Kissing while having a chancre on the lips can be at a high


Hiv risk Through ( 2 to 3 day old cut on thumb) & Small holes on the side of condom)

A: Dear Doral: Peace.  Let me begin by saying that HIV isn"t easily transmitted; exposure to blood, semen, or vaginal secretions from an infected person is a risk, not a guarantee of infection.   The degree of risk varies - a lesion (sore), or open cut provides the virus in these fluids good access to the cells HIV needs to reproduce; it doesn"t matter if at the tip of the penis or the scrotum, though undiagnosed or untreated infections might cause lesions at the urethra (opening at the tip of the penis) that would be less noticeable.  Holes in a condom that are visible to the naked eye would be large enough for HIV-containing fluids to contact your skin, but the amount and area across which that...

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