A rhetorical question on vaccination Jay Mone'
jmone at MARAUDER.MILLERSV.EDU
Mon Aug 18 09:21:20 EST 1997
If you were to use the same needle to vaccinate and AIDS patient, then
someone else, would the second vaccinee get AIDS?
Its hard to say. One must consider that in order to transmit HIV, you
must inoculate the individual with a sufficient quantity of virus (ie
the infectious dose). I would think that an intramuscular injection
of the AIDS patient would not result in suffcient amounts of virus
contaminating the needle to allow for transmission to a second
individual. This is not the same situation as in the transmission of
HIV between IV drug users. IVDUs often back aspirate blood into the
syringe to ensure that the needle is in the vein, increasing the
amount of virus passed from individual to individual.
Now what about other viruses? I would be more concerned about viruses
such as hepatitis B and C, with are much more infectious (ie have a
lower infectious dose). These viruses are much more readily
Certainly Edward Jenner could have transmitted other infectious agents
between vaccinees during his cowpox vaccinations. But so what? What
diseases are readily transmitted from cows to humans through blood?
And what difference does it make? We don't use raw materials like
The issue that concerns me the most is the use of animal organs for
human transplantation. This is scray, and is a disaster waiting to
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