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Is Getting Scratched Safe

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"Is anything safe" Massage on scratched leg

Had a simple foot massage at a spa in China - just rolled up my trousers to my knees and had her massage my tierd legs from knee to toes. She insisted on a body massage in my room which I firmly declined.Post massage went back to room and to my...
Erik Glenn, M.A.

Response from Erik Glenn, M.A.

Chicago Black Gay Mens Caucus
Thanks for your question,There was <b>absolutely</b> no risk from the situation you're describing. Your irritated skin isn't a "way to get in your body" unless you scratched so much that you literally broke the skin.... Read more »

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... Read more »

scratch and HIV pathway

Quick scenario. I hooked up with another guy of unknown HIV status (casual encounter, outdoors, on... Read more »
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Getting Pierced or Tatooed Safely

The photo that runs with this column is almost three years old. I always thought that picture had a gee-whizzy, high school yearbook quality, which makes me look angelic or saintly. I'm neither. I'm actually kinda eclectic and kinky. Now I ask you,... Read more »
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India: Games Village Gets Condom Refill

A ready supply of condoms helped make safe sex an important, if unofficial, event among the 7,000 athletes participating in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, which were scheduled to end Thursday evening. India's National AIDS Control Organization... Read more »
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Living Safely with HIV and Pets

Pets can be a wonderful source of fun, companionship and comfort. Unfortunately, a lack of knowledge about zoonoses -- diseases spread from animals to humans -- has led some providers to suggest that people with HIV should not own pets. While it is... Read more »
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Why Do We Tolerate People Who Are HIV Positive and Spreading the Disease?

"We have all these programs and HIV prevention people are scratching their heads saying, 'How can we help people with HIV?' When it is all said and done it's up to the community to say, 'we just don't want HIV to spread.'" So says Thomas J. Coates,... Read more »
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semen/precum in open scratch or cut

Posted by Lomo, 1 Reply
Is getting some semen/precum in an open scratch or cut a risk? I have had a lot of frottage where another man's unprotected penis head is rubbing in between my buttocks and I have a few scratches there. I even felt a burning sensation once. Please... Read more »

For the worried well about Bird scratches

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
It is impossible to become infected with The HIV Virus from Birds.

Dr. Anonymous 2001

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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 »

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 of contracting HIV.

On that day, while she was massaging... Read more »