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HIV V Hepatitis?

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Why has HIV/AIDS always been given premium attention relative to the deadly forms of hepatitis which appearently can be 100 times easier to catch and there maybe types of it in the world which cannot as of yet be tested for?

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Hepatitis C hangs about outside the body longer and is just as nasty a death as AIDS. Although, we don't know if Hep C is a hardier virus, or just has a higher viral load, but on the whole it seems a bigger threat.

Media plays a large part in this I guess. In conclusion, I wouldn't want either.

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How on earth are we supposed to know the answer to that?

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How on earth are we supposed to know the answer to that?

DITTO :confused:

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I know its not a huge issue in the western world in terms of transmission with respect to our hobby/work, but surely a lot of us must have wondered/ thought about it. Absolutely no offence intended!

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Why has HIV/AIDS always been given premium attention relative to the deadly forms of hepatitis which appearently can be 100 times easier to catch and there maybe types of it in the world which cannot as of yet be tested for?

Good question, esp as Hep B is increasing at quite a rate. Although you can be vaccinated against Hep B, most UK medical practitioners seem to be unaware that they should give the patient a blood test to ensure that immunity has been conferred. I suspect that the majority of punters have not been vaccinated (vaccination is quite expensive so GUM clinics do not push it).

Jack

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Mine didn't take the first time so I had to have it done again.

Hepatitis is much more infectious than HIV, and everyone should have the inoculation for it.

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Mine didn't take the first time so I had to have it done again.

Hepatitis is much more infectious than HIV, and everyone should have the inoculation for it.

How much did you paid for this course of vaccination (just a matter of curiosity)?

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HEP B is the more dangerous than Hep C. It is as lethal as HIV and far easier to catch. I have heard that using a needle used by someone with HIV has a 1 in 300 chance of giving you HIV, with HEP B it is one in 3!!!! I have not personally substantiated these statistics. The reason being that the HIV virus is extremely delicate ouside the blood stream.

The good news is that there is a vaccination against HEP B, but it requires at least 2 jabs, a blood test 6 months later to confirm immunity and a booster every 5 years!!

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Good question, esp as Hep B is increasing at quite a rate. Although you can be vaccinated against Hep B, most UK medical practitioners seem to be unaware that they should give the patient a blood test to ensure that immunity has been conferred. I suspect that the majority of punters have not been vaccinated (vaccination is quite expensive so GUM clinics do not push it).

Jack

My local GUM clinic is fantastic. I only had to mention I had seen an escort (Commercial Sex Worker is what they wrote down) and the offer of a Hep B vaccination came flying back like a shot. I had to have 2 (or was it 3?) shots about a fortnight apart. The final shot comes a year after (at which point -at this clinic - they check to see if it has taken).

It was all free and very matter-of-factly done.

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My local GUM clinic is fantastic. I only had to mention I had seen an escort (Commercial Sex Worker is what they wrote down) and the offer of a Hep B vaccination came flying back like a shot. I had to have 2 (or was it 3?) shots about a fortnight apart. The final shot comes a year after (at which point -at this clinic - they check to see if it has taken).

It was all free and very matter-of-factly done.

My experience was very similar, an immediate injection, another a week later, then a fortnight after that, and a follow on one in a year's time.

For anyone wanting to research it, put Engerix B into Google or similar.

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How on earth are we supposed to know the answer to that?

No idea, but I thought this thread was going to be like Alien v. Predator.

*wanders off disappointed*

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What about Hep C for which there is no vaccination and some medical ejits is not an STD?

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How much did you paid for this course of vaccination (just a matter of curiosity)?

Nothing at all.

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Mine was first then 2nd 1 month later followed by the 3rd 6 months later. Not sure why the different timescales!

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Why has HIV/AIDS always been given premium attention relative to the deadly forms of hepatitis which appearently can be 100 times easier to catch and there maybe types of it in the world which cannot as of yet be tested for?

Because pop stars and actors ddn't start dropping dead from hepatitis in the early 1980's.

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Mine was first then 2nd 1 month later followed by the 3rd 6 months later. Not sure why the different timescales!

The explanation I received was that there are two protocols, a standard one, which sounds like the one you received, and the fast track one which is the one I was offered (and which requires the follow up jab 12 months after the original batch of three).

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What about Hep C for which there is no vaccination and some medical ejits is not an STD?

They're not idiots. It's not an STI!

HCV is a blood-borne virus. It can piggybacks onto HIV very easily so co-infection is possible. However you need to have very rough (bloody) sex before transmission can occur.

The primary transmission routes are via IDU, tattooing, piercing and sharing snorting straws.

The risk of sexual transmission is negligible and I am happy to provide links to research studies supporting this assertion.

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Because pop stars and actors ddn't start dropping dead from hepatitis in the early 1980's.

Indeed - HIV / AIDS was new, hepatitis is not.

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Of course reputable tattoists and piercers in this country all use (and will show you this)sterile needles from sealed packets - just before the anti tattoo/piercing brigade jump all over this.

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