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Can You Get HIV From A Colonoscopy

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hepatitis or HIV from a colonoscopy?

I had a colonoscopy for some bowel issues. They took some biopsies that showed no colitis. About 5 weeks later, I get this continuous, unrelenting high fever 101-103F for 12 days straight. I had chills and muscle pains and felt like crap with...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I am not aware of any cases of HIV transmission through colonoscopy. Also, HIV doesn't usually cause such a high level of hepatitis.There are a few case reports of hepatitis C transmission through colonoscopy; however, I would have expected... Read more »

colonoscopy risk of hiv ( Donation Reference xxx)

Dear doctor,i had a colonoscopy procedure 15 days ago.my concern its about the horror notice about... Read more »

3 people infected with HIV after colonoscopy?

Dr. Bob, what do you think of this? Is it possible they all got it from unsterile colonoscopy... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Screening Colonoscopies Urged for HIV-Infected Patients

A new study finds that HIV-positive patients have a higher prevalence of colonic neoplasms and should be offered screening colonoscopy. "Although non-AIDS defining malignancies are rapidly increasing as HIV-infected subjects live longer, little is... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Florida: Miami Veterans Administration Hospital Reaching Out on Colonoscopy Risk

The Miami Veterans Administration hospital is continuing efforts to reach the 216 veterans it has not yet been able to contact to warn them of their risk of hepatitis or HIV. In late March, the hospital notified more than 3,000 local veterans of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Florida: 79 Veterans Administration Patients Never Learned of Colonoscopy Risks

Department of Veterans Affairs officials identified but failed to notify 79 patients who should have been included last year when the VA informed more than 2,400 Miami-area patients that improperly cleaned equipment put them at risk for hepatitis B,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

VA Officials Grilled Over Botched Colonoscopies

On Tuesday, Veterans Affairs officials apologized before a House subcommittee looking into the handling of a hepatitis and HIV scare at VA health care centers in Miami, Augusta, Ga., and Murfreesboro, Tenn. A report finding that fewer than half of... Read more »
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Have You Had Your Colonoscopy?

Posted by Bear60, 2 Replies
Anyone 50 or over should have had a colonoscopy by this time. So, for those of us over 50 here is some colonoscopy humor:
A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing... Read more »

Colon Biopsy results

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have been having blood in my stool and recently had a colonoscopy performed. It revealed inflammation. The microscopic finding was moderate infiltration of lymphoid cells and no Granulomata or parasites. Does anyone know if this is consistent with... Read more »

Guess What

Posted by Bear60, 3 Replies
Guess what I'm doing right now. No I am not shopping. Nope, not eating. I am waiting for the drugs I'm taking to clean me out so that I can have a colonoscopy tomorrow. It should be an interesting evening. This is what happens when you become a... Read more »

Yea...Results of Biopsy Are IN

Posted by Bear60, 8 Replies
Three weeks ago I had a colonoscopy and one week ago I had an endoscopy. The first goes up the bum and the second goes down the throat. I think they meet in the middle!!
Anyway, I have had problems with acid reflux disease for years and years and... Read more »