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A 29-year-old female asked:

Can you get hiv by scratch? i went turkish bath and attendant was scratching everyones head by fingernails very hard. i dont remember if applied shampoo but is there a chance to get hiv if she scratched someone and got blood on her hand?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Hmmm....: Generally speaking, HIV-infected people don't transmit their HIV viruses via the hands of other people. However, if a person is a worrier, he should think twice about letting other people massage him... simply to avoid endless worries. Getting a massage is optional (not required for life).
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