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    06-28-2012, 09:26 AM
Originally Posted by dbarabians    
Hep C is really going to be a problem in the future as millions are infected here in the US. The treatment for Hep C is very long and the side effects are severe.
I thought the chances of getting Hep B are much higher than Hep C, simply because you can catch it through pretty much anything (blood, saliva, etc.). However yes, there is a shot for Hep B, but not Hep C. From what I know there is no cure for either - you can just extend the life with those treatments, but not get healthy again. I did read about people with Hep C and how it develops - very very scary...

BTW, I've heard they came up with some kind of treatment for aids as well. Not sure how efficient though...
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    06-28-2012, 02:32 PM
If I'm not mistaken, there is a difference between HIV+ and AIDS.

AIDS is the result of being HIV+. The progression of the disease, the syndrome that is caused by having the Immunodeficiency virus.

I have heard of people being on treatment for HIV, and some have gone years, as much as 10 or more, without it developing into AIDS, which is just amazing. The treatments have come a long way, but still have a long way to go.

So just clarifying, there is a difference between AIDS and HIV. Being HIV positive doesn't necessarily mean you have AIDS yet. Hopefully they can continue to fight the progression and save the white blood cells that are still working.
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    06-29-2012, 12:41 AM
Being HIV+ does not mean that you have a full blown case of AIDS.
After being infected it can take up to 10 years to develope AIDS.
There are different strains of HIV.
Kitten Val you can be cleared of Hep C but the treatment is long and the success is limited.
You can get a shot to prevent Hep B and C.
EHOD, thank you for the compliment.
All of us are here for the good of others and all of us are capable of compassion and understanding. Shalom
    06-29-2012, 01:49 PM
Originally Posted by dbarabians    
You can get a shot to prevent Hep C.
Is it something very recent? I remember the instructor saying at the EMT class (1+ year back) that there is no shot for Hep C as of yet (although they work on it).
    06-29-2012, 06:59 PM
Kitten Val I might be mistaken but I thought that the seires of shots for Hep covered both B&C.
Then again I will bow to your more current knowledge.
I will consult withthe DR next week.
This is somehting that is good to know.
    06-29-2012, 09:36 PM
Originally Posted by dbarabians    
Kitten Val I might be mistaken but I thought that the seires of shots for Hep covered both B&C.
Then again I will bow to your more current knowledge.
I will consult withthe DR next week.
This is somehting that is good to know.
I know you can get B for sure (3 shots, I had to do it when I rode ambulance year ago), but not C. There is also a vaccine for Hep A, but mostly those going overseas to the countries with the high possibility of it get shots. I know there were several different researches on Hep C vaccine, but I've never heard either one was approved. Which I may be wrong about (as I'm not a doctor or medical researcher). It'll be interesting what your DR will say!
    06-29-2012, 10:04 PM
Kittenval I am well be mis qouting something I read.
I will get find out and get the correct info.
As I said however You probably know more than I do on this subject.
I am pretty current on AIDS treatment and studies.
Hep C is a whole other subject.
We do see a lot of clients with co infections of either Hep b or C and HIV.
    06-30-2012, 03:26 PM
Originally Posted by dbarabians    
I am pretty current on AIDS treatment and studies.
Is the treatment for AIDS successful? (at least in some cases)

I remember reading a story (it was years ago though) about the guy, who decided to run his blood through the heater (warm it up to the max you can warm up the blood without "destroying" it). Sounds more like sci fi approach, but it was his last chance, and he just decided to take it. The article claimed he tested negative after that. I still wonder if it was indeed a miracle, or just a rip-off of the readers.
    07-01-2012, 11:26 PM
Kittenval the man did indeed clear his body of HIV.
It was very expensive and dangerous but it worked.
He had pretty much given up hope and took the risk.
The medications for HIV are working .
They can pro long your life by decades.
They are very toxic and no one knows what the long term effects they will have on the body.
We are seeing men who have been infected for long durations aging faster than their contemporaies.
They are developing Heart Disease, Kidney disease, dementia, as well as knee and hip problems.
I also have had clients stop the meds and accept fate because of the toxic medications.
Kittenval my daughter was hospitalized yesterday so I may not be able to talk to my DR about the vaccines. Shalom
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    07-01-2012, 11:30 PM
Goodness, dbarabians, I hope it's nothing too serious and that your daughter is on the mend very soon!

Fascinating about that blood heating technique, you learn something every day!
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