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nail biting
Aug 9, 2010

hi, can I get HIV when I bite my fingernails that has a lot of black dirt in it? I think the black dirt might be blood or semen. Please help, Doc.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Double ICK! Not only do you bite your nails (a bad habit), but you also have black dirty nails that you think contain blood and/or semen. ICK! I'm almost afraid to ask exactly why you think your blackened nail gunk is blood and/or semen. Your HIV-acquisition risk is essentially nonexistent. Now go wash those nasty nails, keep them clean and stop biting them -- clean or dirty. OK?

Dr. Bob



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