mononucleosis


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One of my friends came up to me today after spending an hour at the health center and told me she found out she had mono. Of course, I freaked out. A million questions ran through my brain... Are you contagious? Am I going to get it? Is it airborne? Can I get mono again since I have already had it? She assured me that you can't get mono twice, but luckily I did my research and will be extra careful- because she is wrong! I can get mono again so I need to be careful. After getting mono the first time, it develops a state of latency. The virus hides in some of the blood cells. When you get infected with another virus it can sometimes reactivate the mono virus you originally had. This was very important information to me, because so many people have told me that people can only get mono once. I was also told that mono isn't contagious after the first week of having symptoms.  Symptoms include lack of energy, fatigue, loss of appetite, and chills. I wasn't too sure about this either, and I was surprised to found out that even though you are less contagious as time goes on, there IS a possibility that you can excrete small amounts of the virus at random times. This is scary because you don't know when you are excreting the virus or not... so you don't know when you are contagious! Does this mean you can become contagious at random times over the course of having mono? I should have probably known all of this already since I have had mono before, but better late than never I guess, especially since I am still at risk to get the virus! Were you guys surprised about all of these facts about mono?! The doctor at the health center told my friend he has been seeing a lot of mono cases lately... So be careful and try not to share drinks or any saliva with people!
infectious-mononucleosis

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I have never had mono but a lot of my friends have surprisingly. So is there a specific reason as to how someone gets mono? I learned that mono can be spread as easily as shaking hands with someone. This NYtime article also said that the amount of time a person with this disease is still contagious varies, up to a few months, and that "the virus can live for several hours outside the body," so always avoid close contact with someone who has just had mono. I leanrned from another article about this Epstein-Barr virus, which is the herpes virus that causes mono, and that 95% of U.S adults have been infected with it by age 35 to 40. Most people who are infected with Epstein-Barr never develop symptoms; and, like mono, Epstein-Barr is very contagious and can be spread through intimate contact with the saliva of someone who has it. To read more about this way you can get mono click here!

That is very interesting I did not know that you can get mono more than once. That is very interesting I personally have never had mono ever, but I thought it was similar to chicken pox in the fact that you are immune once you have it once. Once I found out about this I did a little research as well and found out even the smallest action of
>brushing your teeth. It says that you should never share anything that could transmit the disease. Especially since mono is know to be the kissing disease any saliva transmitted from one to person to the next that has mono could infect the next person. The overall facts in your post are not very surprising to me I can believe that many cases have arisen because I see many college kids take advance of the fact they are away from home. I would personally suggest visiting theHealth Center on campus if you think you may have caught something. While I have never had mono I hear it is a horrible disease to have and leaves you without any energy at all. I hope to never get mono while in school, but if it does happen at least I know a lot more about the disease.

That is very interesting I did not know that you can get mono more than once. That is very interesting I personally have never had mono ever, but I thought it was similar to chicken pox in the fact that you are immune once you have it once. Once I found out about this I did a little research as well and found out even the smallest action of
>brushing your teeth. It says that you should never share anything that could transmit the disease. Especially since mono is know to be the kissing disease any saliva transmitted from one to person to the next that has mono could infect the next person. The overall facts in your post are not very surprising to me I can believe that many cases have arisen because I see many college kids take advance of the fact they are away from home. I would personally suggest visiting theHealth Center on campus if you think you may have caught something. While I have never had mono I hear it is a horrible disease to have and leaves you without any energy at all. I hope to never get mono while in school, but if it does happen at least I know a lot more about the disease.

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