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Reducing the Risk of Getting HIV From Injection Drug Use

What Is the Risk? How Can Transmission Be Prevented? Injection Drugs & Hepatitis Needle Exchange Programs Drugs, Sex and HIV Transmission What Is the Risk? It is well documented that people who share syringes are at risk of being infected with HIV. Sharing syringes allows a direct exchange of blood from one person's body into the bloodstream of another and is one of the most efficient ways to spread blood-borne...
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Nail scratching ((HIV infection)) (HIV TRANSMISSION FROM FINGERNAIL SCRATCH, 2011)

Hi Dr. Robert,I had sex with a lady that I don't know. I used a cndom, but my concern that she was scratching me with her fingernail, the scratch was in my arm about 1 cm. I am worried that there was a fluid that include HIV under her nail.I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello, Tom.Your HIV-acquisition risk is essentially nonexistent, assuming the latex condom was used properly and did not fail (break). HIV is not transmitted via nail scratching. See link below.Dr. Bob<a... Read more »

nail scratched (HIV TRANSMISSION FROM FINGERNAIL SCRATCH, 2009)

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
Hi,I agree with the advice you received from your doctor. HIV is not transmitted by being scratched by an HIVer's nails. (See below.)Dr. BobNail Scratch Aug 24, 2008Hi Dr. Bob - I have a question for you which at first I think is crazy and... Read more »

massage, scratch, hiv risk - 40 dollar donation will be made

Doctor,Please help me. The other day I went for a massage. THe massage was "sensual" although no sex (hand job, oral or intercourse of an kind occured). When I went I was getting massaged, I noticed several scratchs on the side of my leg....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Relax Max. Your rub-a-dub-dub at the "naughty" place did not put you at risk for HIV acquisition. I see no cause for worry or HIV testing.Be well. Happy Holidays!Dr. Bob... Read more »

Risk of HIV+ Vet Assistant transmitting to coworkers through animal scratches/bites?

We have an HIV+ Vet Assistant who is very prone to getting scratched and bit. If an animal scratches him and then immediately scratches me, is that similar to needle transmission? Are the owners at risk, and for how long? There is really no way...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
No, it's nothing like needle transmission, and no, the owners are not at risk. You have no reason to worry about HIV transmission via an animal. No monkeys, no mosquitoes, and no animal scratches transmit HIV. To put your mind at ease, wash out... Read more »
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HIV from Scratch

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
To Whom it May Concern:
Here is my dilemma. A couple of months ago I visited a "titty bar" and received three lap dances. During one of the dances I felt the dancer scratch my neck with her fingernail. Throughout the remainder of our session... Read more »

PLEASE HELP! what are the risk of me getting infected?

Posted by Timeless, 2 Replies
Im a guy and I dated this guy few months back. We had sex more than once, all we did was just oral sex and rubbing our bodies and penis together and french kissing, we never had anal sex, there was once he did ejaculate in my mouth and i swallowed... Read more »

Getting tested tomarrow, High risk

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I got tested a couple of years ago and was neg. But my bf was a iv drug user before I ever met him and he had lots of gf that used drugs and cheated on him. I did not realize the extent of his use till his family informed me of it. I have not told... Read more »

Vaginal secretions, shaving and scratching

Posted by grcboy30
I am a male who recently had sex with an ex gf. We had been broken up for 8 years.
I used a condom which didn't break and we did not engage in oral sex either way.
My question is, I shaved my chest and just below my belly button but above my pubic... Read more »