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Nail Scratch
Oct 31, 2013

Doctor, I got into an argument with a HIV positive transvestite (i volunteer at a HIV homeless shelter). She ended up pushing me away. However when she pushed me, she scratched my hand. I didn't see any blood around my hand or any cuts (hand looks normal) but I did feel a little pinch when she scratched me. I am now afraid of contracting HIV. Am I at Risk and what should i do? Should I take PEP?

Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman

Hello there Your HIV-acquisition risk is nonexistent. HIV is not transmitted by fingernail or toenail scratches. Hopefully this experience will not prevent you from continuing to volunteer. Take care, LHW



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