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317787 tn?1473362051

CDC comparing Ebola to Aids

Last night the head of the CDC compared Ebola to Aids.  My concern is that back then they said only certain people in the population could get it.  I hope is is ok to share this here.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/cdc-director-ebola-only-thing-has-been-aids-n222106
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Avatar universal
I think that is a very dumb to compaire the 2. Ebola and HIV have nothing in common and it is an insult to those with HIV.
317787 tn?1473362051
I agree with you.
Unless he means how HIV/Aids was handled at the beginning but he did not say what he meant.
206807 tn?1331939784
I don’t really get it either. Like you I was always asked for ID. Sure there maybe a small number of legitimate people that will not be able to vote. But when it comes to something as serious as choosing who runs our Country, I think proof of ID is a small thing to ask. The biggest argument I’ve heard so far is, “there is no proof of wide spread voter fraud.” My answer to that is, “of course there’s not”. There is going to be very little voter fraud where Ids are required and no way of proving voter fraud where no Ids are required.
206807 tn?1331939784
Sorry, wrong post.
Avatar universal
Actually they do have something in common. They say.  Both are in the same family of viruses, and this is why they are testing hiv type meds on some of the ebola victims.

But one huge difference in the two is that with hiv, you still had years to live, but not so with ebola.

Avatar universal
And that HIV is mainly aquired from unprotected sex. Ebola is not. Major difference in how it attacks the body and how you get it.
Avatar universal
Both are classified as a retrovirus.

Approximately 50,000 new HIV infections occur in the United States each year. In the U.S., HIV is spread mainly by:
Having sex with someone who has HIV. In general:
Anal sex (penis in the anus of a man or woman) is the highest-risk sexual behavior. Receptive anal sex (“bottoming”) is riskier than insertive anal sex (“topping”).
Vaginal sex (penis in the vagina) is the second highest-risk sexual behavior.
Having multiple sex partners or having sexually transmitted infections can increase the risk of HIV infection through sex.
Sharing needles, syringes, rinse water, or other equipment (“works”) used to prepare injection drugs with someone who has HIV.
Less commonly, HIV may be spread by:
Being born to an infected mother. HIV can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding.
Being stuck with an HIV-contaminated needle or other sharp object. This is a risk mainly for health care workers.
Receiving blood transfusions, blood products, or organ/tissue transplants that are contaminated with HIV. This risk is extremely small because of rigorous testing of the US blood supply and donated organs and tissues.
Eating food that has been pre-chewed by an HIV-infected person. The contamination occurs when infected blood from a caregiver’s mouth mixes with food while chewing, and is very rare.
Being bitten by a person with HIV. Each of the very small number of documented cases has involved severe trauma with extensive tissue damage and the presence of blood. There is no risk of transmission if the skin is not broken.
Oral sex—using the mouth to stimulate the penis, vagina, or anus (fellatio, cunnilingus, and rimming). Giving fellatio (mouth to penis oral sex) and having the person ejaculate (***) in your mouth is riskier than other types of oral sex.
Contact between broken skin, wounds, or mucous membranes and HIV-infected blood or blood-contaminated body fluids. These reports have also been extremely rare.
Deep, open-mouth kissing if the person with HIV has sores or bleeding gums and blood is exchanged. HIV is not spread through saliva. Transmission through kissing alone is extremely rare.
HIV is NOT spread by:
Air or water
Insects, including mosquitoes or ticks
Saliva, tears, or sweat
Casual contact, like shaking hands, hugging or sharing dishes/drinking glasses
Drinking fountains
Toilet seats
HIV is not spread through the air and it does not live long outside the human body.
Having an undetectable viral load greatly lowers the chance that a person living with HIV can transmit the virus to a partner, but there is still some risk. “Viral load” refers to the amount of HIV in an infected person’s blood. An “undetectable viral load” is when the amount of HIV in a person’s blood is so low that it can’t be measured. antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces a person’s viral load, ideally to an undetectable level, when taken consistently and correctly. However, a person with HIV can still potentially transmit HIV to a partner even if they have an undetectable viral load, because:
HIV may still be found in a person’s genital fluids (e.g., semen, vaginal fluids). The viral load test only measures virus in a person’s blood.
A person’s viral load may go up between tests. When this happens, they may be more likely to transmit HIV to partners.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) increase viral load in a person’s genital fluids.
Avatar universal
And there is still so much that is NOT known about Ebola, much like Aids when it first came on the scene as well.

I was reading an article, I think it was on the cdc website? That in Africa, certain kinds of hogs have ebola and the people eat those hogs....EW
317787 tn?1473362051
WOW!  That is a lot of information.  Thanks for sharing, I did not have a clue.
317787 tn?1473362051
I recently heard that if someone has lived through Ebola they should not have sex for 3 months.
It was on television so I don't have anything to refer to..
Avatar universal
I heard that as well, ebola can live in sperm for up to 3 months after the person is well and has survived it. eek!
317787 tn?1473362051
"And there is still so much that is NOT known about Ebola, much like Aids when it first came on the scene as well."

That's what I thought the head of the CDC was talking about.  Also the unknown the fear.
317787 tn?1473362051
I just found this on USA, it is on other sites as well, it about Fireston Co being able to isolate the virus in liberia.  interesting

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/10/08/ebola-firestone-liberia/16908853/
163305 tn?1333672171
It seems like the powers that be are trying to stir up hysteria over Ebola~ comparing it to AIDs. I wonder why ?

teko~ you do make some good points about similarities but I can't help but wonder why something like hep C which could indeed be compared to AIDs is rarely mentioned while Ebola which has had less than a handful of cases in the US is now compared with AIDs. What's going on ??
Avatar universal
I think it is as simple as they are both in the same classification of viruses. Add to that, that treatment is experimental, origin, largely unknown, and like you said, the hysteria alone, resembles the hysteria when aids came on the scene as well. And I think they are worried that it will spread like wildfire too if not contained. That is the best I got! rofl!
Avatar universal
I'm pretty sure the US has had a patent on a particular strain of ebola for some time.  Im assuming that has a lot to do with studying the virus, but I'd have hoped we were a little further down the road to understanding it than it appears we are....  
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