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Can You Catch AIDS Through Your Finger Nails

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Finger nail

Short and simple. Can you get HIV from someone scratching you with their finger nail? I was helping a co worker with something, and she scratched my hand. It was a tiny cut, like half an inch. I don't think it bled, but it did sting and is...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Your concerns are completely unwarranted. Yes, blood banks screen very carefully for bloodborne pathogens, including HIV, to protect the blood supply. So that gives you some level of comfort about the scratcher's HIV status. Second, and even... Read more »

short and brittle nail growth in three fingers

my nails seem to have stopped growing in three of my fingers and only grows back very brittle and... Read more »

under finger nail

Recently I went to a HIV testing site and on my way out I jammed my finger on the door handle. A... Read more »
Mark S. King


She is brushing a crimson polish onto her nails with breathtaking speed, all the while trying on pairs of high heels, looking for a match to her fingers, the color of blood, and yet she still has the presence of mind to patiently answer my... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Report: Number of Women With HIV/AIDS in China Catching Up With Men

The number of female HIV/AIDS patients in China is quickly catching up with that of men, Xinhua News Agency quoted a Ministry of Health report as saying Wednesday. Just ten years ago in China, the ratio of male HIV/AIDS patients to female was 5 to... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ethiopians Know About AIDS, But Don't Think They'll Catch It: Study

Almost 98 percent of Ethiopians know about AIDS and HIV, but most people tend to think that their personal risk of infection is very low, the east African country's first behavioral study showed Wednesday. "Despite the high level of HIV/AIDS... Read more »
AIDS United

The Fight to Catch Up and Start Moving Towards an AIDS-Free Generation

I've never known a time without HIV and AIDS. It affected my family early as my uncle was diagnosed positive before I was born. Even my high school in conservative Bakersfield, California had the AIDS Quilt visit our campus. I entered this world of... Read more »
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Fingered my ex, used to be a nail biter

Posted by kryce, 1 Reply
So...I'm not sure whether or not my ex was hiv positive i'm hoping she wasn't she only had one partner before me...two if you count the guy who date raped her when she was in grade nine (this is the only reason why i'm worried) so I used to bite my... Read more »

Question Concerning Nails

Posted by NW715, 1 Reply
Hiv symptoms include nail changes: what kind of change may occur? Read more »

Risk of HIV infection from nail salon?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

I've frequented the same nail salon from summer of 2002 until winter of 2005. It's somewhat clean, with the pedicure tubs being washed after each use, but they don't regularly sterilize the clippers or electrical buffer/filer cylinders after each... Read more »

Fingering and Cuts

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Here is my story.

I found out that I fingered a girl that turned out to be HIV positive. I am bad on my cuticles and am always tearing/ripping at the skin around my fingernails as a bad habit. How fresh does a cut need to be for vaginal fluid to... Read more »