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Skin Cells
Mar 4, 2002

Dear Doctor:

Do skin cells contain HIV? iF you scratched yourself with an instrument minus any blood, and then another stuck themselves with the same instrument, could you infect that person from your skin cells alone? I ask because of langerhans and dendritic cells which I believe are found in the skin...is this correct?

Thanks

Response from Dr. Holodniy

There are indeed cells in the skin that contain HIV. Your hypothetical question is contingent on whether those infected cells were present in the inoculum.



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