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Smallpox Vaccine and HIV
Dec 17, 2002

I read on a gay related web site that hiv positive individuals should not live with people who get the smallpox vaccine. I work in a hospital in records, if the ER staff gets the vaccine would I be in danger. Viral load is undetectable and t-cells 1700

Response from Dr. Boyle

You should not be at high risk, but you should avoid any direct contact. Also, to minimize the risk, all workers should keep the site of the vaccine covered with a long shirt or band-aid.



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