Dr. Carlos Guerra, Infectious Disease Specialist, breaks the barriers to HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention

NEW YORK, NY, April 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Most doctors simply treat the symptoms of disease, but Dr. Carlos Guerra, goes one step further! As an Infectious Disease Specialist at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Dr. Guerra strives to prevent and overcome HIV/AIDS by spearheading educational campaigns in the community which target at-risk populations and by implementing cutting edge medical advancements to ensure his patients receive the best care. Dr. Guerra also practices at Mercy Hospital in Miami and at Del Ray Medical Center in Del Ray. Originally educated in Peru, Dr. Guerra will receive his Master's Degree in Public Health at East Carolina University this coming May. His fluency in Spanish is an enormous asset to the Spanish-speaking communities where he practices. Dr. Guerra works tirelessly to develop effective interventions to prevent HIV/AIDS and to keep abreast of the latest treatments available that help his patients regain their lives.

Dr. Guerra combats disease by identifying patterns within the population of infected individuals. Doing so has revealed how cultural and situational (i.e. access to healthcare and education) factors affect infection rates. Obtaining this life-saving data has given Dr. Guerra the tools to develop effective interventions aimed at prevention while directing him toward target populations who may be unaware of their elevated risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. As an infectious disease specialist, Dr. Guerra maintains an open mind and welcomes alternative treatments to his practice. Recently, he added Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as a treatment option for chronic wounds and has noted an increased recovery rate on patients who receive it. Armed with ever growing knowledge, Dr. Guerra has launched the field of infectious disease into a new age by refusing to define his practice as a treatment of symptoms and by discovering ways to prevent and take control of disease from a holistic and comprehensive standpoint.

Stop suffering and start surviving! Contact Dr. Carlos Guerra today to learn more about the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS!

Dr. Carlos Guerra may be contacted as follows:

By phone: 954-493-9752

By email: Cguerra39@hotmail.com

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Read on for Dr. Carlos Guerra's abstract of his published scholarly research:

Characterization of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriage among Healthcare Workers (HCW) at a Tertiary Care Hospital: Carlos Guerra MD, Kerri Augustino, Amy Pearson, Andy Blake, John Christie, MD, PhD, Keith M. Ramsey, MD

Pitt County Memorial Hospital and The Brody School of Medicine at ECU, Greenville, NC.

Background: Healthcare workers (HCW) may be carriers of MRSA and a source of transmission to patients. Studies published to date have been limited in size, with few descriptions of the genotypes of the MRSA carried. The objectives were to determine the prevalence and genotypes of MRSA isolates from among groups of HCW.

Methods: In parallel with 100% universal surveillance of admitted patients, data was collected among HCW who were voluntary screened for MRSA via nasal swab between January 2007 and March 2009. DNA was extracted and purified prior to amplification using a DiversiLab Staphylococcus aureus DNA fingerprinting kit. Data were analyzed by logistic regression, and comparing binomial distributions between groups by occupation and age.

Results: Among 7894 HCWs, 3638 (46.1%) were tested (46.1%) with 4.9% positive. Among those in direct patient care, 2136-of-4640 (46.0%) were tested with 100-of-2136 positive (4.7%). Mean carriage (+ 95% C.I.) of MRSA by occupation were nurses (4.6+ C.I.), nurses aides (5.3+C.I. ), care partners (5.5+ CI ) operating room staff (6.2+ CI ) and housestaff (0.7+ CI ). By occupation, MRSA carriage was significantly lower among housestaff than care partners ( p= 0.035). MRSA carriage among the 51-64 yr group (6%) was significantly higher (p= 0.048) than the 31-50 yr (4.1+ C.I. ) and 18-30 yr (3.9+ C.I. ) groups. Genotyping among isolates from carriers revealed 78% were HA-MRSA (USA 100,200,800, Iberian), while 13% were CA-MRSA (USA 300,500) and 9% were no match.

Conclusions: Voluntary screening for MRSA revealed an overall MRSA carriage rate among HCW of 4.9%, with statistically significantly higher carriage rates among those HCW 51-64 yrs of age. 2. HCW in direct patient care carried HA-MRSA at a ratio of 6:1 compared with CA-MRSA. 3. Further studies are needed to determine the risk factors for carriage of MRSA among HCW, and the impact of decolonization on clinical care.


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