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Is there any walk in clinic where I could go for a HIV NAAT test without appointment.
Hi NAAT testing is an HIV test that looks for the actual virus in the blood. The NAAT window period is shorter than standard HIV antibody testing. It is 90% accurate 10 - 12 days after sexual contact. This test is available for men and trans people in a few clinics in Vancouver, as part of a study. The aim of this study is to find people when they first get HIV. For the first... Read Full Answer
Are crabs and scabies STDs
Hi Both crabs and scabies are spread by close body contact, so they are commonly passed beween sexual partners. But both scabies and crabs can also be passed when there is close body contact that is not sexual. Scabies and crabs can also be passed when sharing towels, clothing and bedding. Check out our page on crabs and the BCCDC page on scabies. Please leave a... Read Full Answer
Can a HIV positive person work as a nurse on a clinic or a lab
Hi I spoke with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC), which is the regulatory body for Registered Nurses in BC. Below are some parts from the CRNBC policy document titled Communicable Diseases: Preventing Nurse-To Client Transmission. Nurses have a professional, ethical and legal duty to provide their clients with safe care, including protecting them from the... Read Full Answer
I have had genital herpes for several years. Recently I had a bad outbreak. I always get shooting pains down my left leg & in my foot. The lesion went away but now I have shooting pains in both legs & feet & in my arms down to my hands. I have a headache for 8 days.I am concerned my herpes has spread somehow. The pain has lessened but still there. Was very sick last year & immune system is poor. Have had 8 outbreaks in 12 months.
Hi Genital herpes is a virus that affects the nervous system. As you know, it can cause the symptoms that you describe, such as shooting pains down the limbs and headaches. However, it sounds like the symptoms you have are a bit different than what you usually get when you have a herpes outbreak. Since it is not possible for me to diagnose something online, I recommend that you see a health... Read Full Answer
Hi. Can I get HIV from receiving oral sex with a sex worker? HIV and other STIs I got tested for after four weeks were negative. They told me I had an early HIV test and standard test and the results are 98% accurate. What is risk for me now? I am not on any medication and have good health, so can my results change after three month or do I need to get test again
Hi We do not consider receiving oral sex as a risk for HIV. Therefore, you should not have to repeat the HIV test for the oral sex you got 4 weeks ago. However, it is possible to get other STIs when you receive oral sex. These include Chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, herpes and syphilis. Your urine tests done at 4 weeks should have been accurate for gonorrhea, because most results are accurate... Read Full Answer