Can You Get HIV From Scratching Someone

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Dear Doc I am helping PLHA in one of small organization in our country. last week I got nail scratched by HIV + person on my left arm accidentally and that person on meds since 7 years ago.I got two small cut and I washed my arm and I put Septadine...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Perhaps your massage gal could loosen them up a bit?Dr. BobFinger nailOct 30, 2008Short 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... Read more »
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HIV from Scratch

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...and I guess could have been abrated, but not bleeding. I have had a delayed fear reaction and am terrified that I could be HIV infected. I am married with three kids. I won't to forget about this. I'm going to wait a few more weeks and then... Read more »

hiv from fingering a woman?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies day the "scratch" is now scabbing over. since it wasnt scabbed over while i was fingering her would it be possible for hiv to enter through the scratch? or is it only possible for deep wounds on fingers? Read more »

Infection throgh scratches

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Hi, Hope someone can advise. I've always been served by this HIV positive beautician for about 2 years and have not feared for my life before. BUT since 11 Oct 1999, I've been living in fear Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Qualitative test at 32 days? Can I breath easier? I had a low risk scratch with an instrument that scratched someone who has HIV. The scratch really didn't cause any "visible" blood on the HIV person and didn't stick me very deep, just broke... Read more »
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