March 2014 Archives
Gum Disease Linked to Risk of Oral Cancer Causing Virus
Aug 21, 2013
Gum disease and other dental ailments boost the risk of becoming infected with oral human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus that causes 40 to 80 percent of all throat cancers, according to the first study to find such a link.
Those who said they had poor oral health had a 56 percent higher rate of oral HPV infection than those who reported good to excellent oral health, researchers wrote in a study published today by Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Read on...Gum Disease and HPV
Routine Follow Up
This one is different. Today I went to the doctor for a routine follow up. I really felt like blowing it off and staying home; instead of going I was of the mind to just stay home and rock out to music, but I realized if I'm going to be reaching out to people about HIV, then I should be taking care of my HIV, and that's where this article came to mind: this is how it is for me.
I see my doctor every three to six months. I step in line to be checked in for my appointment with my provider, requiring my ID, insurance card, proof of income and residence (or lack there of). After being checked in, I take my seat and think about the case load handled here and how I never see anyone I know anymore; but it doesn't really matter- I'm there to be treated for HIV, and I just really want to be done with the whole mess as soon as possible. After all, routine follow up!
I usually get asked to take a health survey questionnaire--the questions are all the same- recent overall health, sexual activity, drug use; the usual stuff. It's a great way to kill time, takes just long enough for the nurse to call me to take my vitals- and show me to the room where I will meet with my provider. I'm hyperactive so waiting alone in the little room always takes the better part of way too long before my doctor arrives with his notes and we talk. That part's private, but the outcome is usually the same -next appointment and labs. He leaves; I have to wait again to get my lab slips from the nurse, which I take to the lab myself, where I pee in a cup and give nine pints of blood. I've never been injured--the lab staff are great!
After the blood draw, it's off to the cafeteria for a soda and then the walk home.
Glad I didn't blow this off; my doctor was expecting me. After all it's only
a routine follow up.