628Re: Digest Number 34
- Feb 2, 2000I find it so strange that mot people are never told about hep a and b. I
know years ago, think hep a was considered a gay mans disease, because
supposedly they had unsafe sex, and were diganosed with it alot. I have
knowa alot of people who have had hep b. I know hep b is extremley easy
to catch. I am lucky for working at a hospital in 1989 to1995. I was so
aware of diseases and viruses because I worked with patients. we had
some thing called "universal precautions " where u assume every patient
as something that can be spread through blood or body fluids, including
stool. i worked with tb ( sputum ) patients, hiv, hep a, b, and c. I
feel it is unfortunate that alot of doctors wil just assume the general
public is knowledgeable of whatthe medical world knows.
The comment about vaccines by somone.
I have had the Hep B vac, and was told it was good for life, than read
in a medical book it is only good for 3 to 5 years. I am anxous to be
vaccinated for hep a and b, but cautious about maybe down the line
having something awful happen because of it. I dont trust the medical
comunity, especially after working in it.
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