|Possible exposure through scratch?
Jun 21, 1999
Dear Doctor: My cat scratched my pinky finger (pretty deep) on a Sunday. Wed. night I got some semen on my hand. I do not know the person and am not sure if they were infected. My scratch had started to heal over but was still there. 4 days after my exposure to the semen I developed a sore throat. It was not sever but lasted 2 weeks. My doctor said it was some sort of viral infection, gave me a shot and prescribed some anti-biotics.
Should I be concerned? What is the risk of HIV infection? Is the sore throat related?
Thanks being here.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
The risk of HIV infection is essentially zero. The sore throat is unrelated. MH
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