May 28, 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 Ms. Southall
Hi No need to worry! HIV dies within moments of leaving the body. Plus if it were on the cats claw by the time it wandered over to you it had been brushed off by the friction of the carpet etc. There would also have to a be a large volume of blood for even the possibility of HIV transmission to occur. You are fine!
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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