A rhetorical question on vaccination Jay Mone'

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 
transmitted.
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 
that anymore.
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 
happen.

Jay Mone'



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