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Can You Get HIV Infection From A Colonoscopy

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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 equipment, or were they just 3 people with HIV who just happened to get diagnosed after testing? ---------------------By BILL POOVEY, Associated Press...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,As it says in the article, so far there is no way to prove patients were exposed to the viruses at the VA. However, it is worrisome that recommended universal precautions and sterilization procedures were not being followed! I agree the VA must... Read more »

Colonoscopy / endoscopy and HIV (2)

Thank you for the response dr Henry. Actually after I sent In my last question I realized it was... Read more »

Colonoscopy/ endoscopy and HIV disclosure

For the past 3 to 4 months now I have had continual diahrrea and more recently a bloated discomfort... Read more »
Articles
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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HIV Symptoms does not indicate HIV Infection

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I wanted to share briefly with everyone that just because you may have symptoms of HIV does not necessarily mean that you are HIV positive.

I would come onto this website everyday for hours and surf the web for the risks, symptoms, exposure rates,... Read more »

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 »

How INFECTED got infected

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Did a little looking around and figured it out...He must of had razor burn.........

http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Archive/TransmissionSexual/Q9183.qna

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Is Pancreatitis a symptom/effect of HIV Infection?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Is Pancreatitis a symptom/effect of HIV Infection? Read more »