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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

what if sufficient quantity of fluid exchanged ?
is a rapid test for hiv is conclusive after 3 months

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