It’s a seemingly simple question that has divided experts and nations since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak: Should members of the public who aren’t sick use face masks to limit the spread of the disease? For months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintained that the only people who needed to wear face [...]
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With the fear of infection on our minds these days, it's easy to get panicky about everyday choices. Infectious disease and food safety experts weigh in on ordering dinner to-go. "I know people are worried, but from what we know currently about the virus, it's safe to eat food prepared at restaurants so long as [...]
In the event of an infectious disease outbreak, local officials may require the public to take measures to limit and control the spread of the disease. This tip sheet provides information about social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. The government has the right to enforce federal and state laws related to public health if people within [...]
This interim guidance reviews special considerations for persons with HIV and their health care providers in the United States regarding COVID-19. Information and data on COVID-19 are rapidly evolving. This guidance includes general information to consider. Clinicians should refer to updated sources for more specific recommendations regarding COVID-19. Guidance for all Persons with HIV [...]
Just for clarification: SARS-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. The current COVID-19 PCR test measures viral RNA. It does not measure our immune response to the virus. Viral RNA is only found in blood with active viral infection (or for a short period of time after recovery). In fact, in theory, we should get [...]
SARS-CoV-2 (SARS-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets produced from an infected person, even if that person does not know he/she is already infected. Most transmissions occur during very close contact with an infected person or when an infected person coughs or sneezes around you. A six-feet parameter [...]
During this most difficult time, we at OIC strive to continue to take the best care of you and all the health needs of our patients. Due to the severity of the situation involving the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have had to implement many (temporary) changes in the best interest and the safety of both our [...]
Multiple sources are claiming that Publix is denying employees access to the HIV prevention regimen PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). The PrEP regimen includes regular doctor visits, labs, HIV prevention education and taking 1 pill once a day. It can be up to 99% effective at preventing HIV transmission and is recommended by the Center for [...]
Join OIC at the 2016 AIDS Walk in Downtown Orlando this Saturday, April 16. Registration and the starting line will be at the Walt Disney World Amphitheater located on Robinson Street. On-site registration | 7:30am Rally at Disney Amphitheatre | 8:30am Walk Start | 9:00am Post-Walk Celebration | 9:45am AIDS Walk Orlando is an annual [...]
Think you know what it means to practice “safe sex”? Think again. In this post we debunk some of the most common misconceptions about safe sex and give you tips to protect yourself. Myth #1: You Can Tell if Your Potential Partner Has an STD This is one of the biggest, and most dangerous myths. [...]