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"Cat scratch with blood"

May 19, 2012


I saw other pet scratch questions, but none which resulted in bleeding. I was at a friend's house and a person I didn't know was there. He was sitting on the couch and proceeded to pet a cat that had wandered over and walked all over his legs. Maybe 3-5 minutes later, the cat came and jumped on my lap. In doing so, it poked me a bit with its needle-sharp claws. It bled a tiny, tiny bit. Considering the cat poked me when it jumped on my lap, it is very possible it did the same to the man it jumped on a few minutes prior. If the cat did indeed poke the man with its claws and then poke me only a few minutes later, would I be at any risk of contracting HIV if the man happened to be HIV positive? I'm very worried.

Response from Mr. Glenn

Thanks for your question,

There is absolutely no risk from the situation you're describing. None.

Even if you and the man before you were cut by the same cat, entirely too much time would've passed between. There needs to be an immediate/direct transmission of blood. You didn't have anything close to that (i.e. very indirect).

Hope this helps!


"I believe I have HIV"
"immediate hand to cut/sore/wound transmission, possible?"

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