|life of HIV
Feb 25, 2010
if the human nails scratches the HIV+ person what is the exact life of HIV virus on the nails.
| Response from Dr. McGowan
Thanks for the question.
HIV does not survive well outside of the body. If there were blood on the nails after a scratch, once that blood is dried any virus in it would not be able to survive. So certainly after a few hours there would essentially be no risk of contracting HIV by getting scratched.
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