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Cat scratch fever in HIV+?
Aug 6, 2001

Hi,

I've been HIV+ for 3 months (experienced acute HIV infection back in May), have a CD4 of 399, not currently on meds but about to start. Last night I got a rather nasty scratch on my back from my cat. How concerned should I be? Is cat scratch fever a potential problem this early in my HIV infection? Also, should I get a tetanus shot?

Thanks.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

Even HIV- people can get cat scratch disease-- you don't have to be HIV+ to be at risk. See your doctor for an evaluation. If you haven't had a tetanus bosster in the last 8-10 years, that's a good idea.


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