Cat scratch fever in HIV+?

Question

Hi,

I've been HIV+ for 3 months (experienced acute HIV infection back in May), have a CD4 of 399, not currently on meds but about to start. Last night I got a rather nasty scratch on my back from my cat. How concerned should I be? Is cat scratch fever a potential problem this early in my HIV infection? Also, should I get a tetanus shot?

Thanks.

Answer

Even HIV- people can get cat scratch disease-- you don't have to be HIV+ to be at risk. See your doctor for an evaluation. If you haven't had a tetanus bosster in the last 8-10 years, that's a good idea.