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Can You Catch Hiv From A Scratch
It's difficult but..: Having unprotected passive anal intercourse with an HIV positive man not taking treatment gives you about a 1% chance per event of catching the virus. Other activities are progressively less risky. During the year when there was no effective rx, household contacts simply didn't catch the virus and even husband-and-wife more often than not did not infect each other despite no protection. ...Read more
Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more
Wimpy Virus: It is important to remember that viruses like hepc, HIV and others are strings of proteins that are connected by very weak bonds. They require many things to stay active and need living cells to reproduce and survive. Unless there was gross blood, mucous or some other organic substance on their nails and it got into your cut, the odds are very unlikely. ...Read more
Unprotected sex, IDU: Hiv infection is acquired through unprotected sex, injection drug use, or transfusion of hiv-infected blood products. As HIV infection progresses untreated and one's immune system worsens, one can develop aids. The symptoms can be very vague, including fever, rash, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, though many people are entirely asymptomatic, meaning they have absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. ...Read more
Depends: It greatly depends on how high risk the woman was; commercial sex worker? Iv drug use? How many sexual partners? Nature of sexual intercourse? If you are concerned and had a high risk exposure, you should get checked with your doctor regardless of how good you think your chances are of missing infection. ...Read more
Wonder if that's a true story or just a hypothetical case!
so, the answer is - "yes" --- if the dog got blood from the infected person and immediately scratched you with the transfer of that blood into your wound. If the dog transferred it to you hours later, then the chance of getting it is very slim since the HIV virus is very unstable in the outer environment. ...Read more
Unlikely: Depends on what was in the trash. Unless there was blood stained materials or excrement in the trash you are not at risk. ...Read more
Good: If sexually active without a condom, pretty darn high. ...Read more
Can hiv transmit through surfaces like curtains or desk if an scratch comes in contact with it, Thanks?
Can you get HIV if someone scratches you? I'm worry because a guy fought me and I got scratch. Can I get HIV by that?
No: HIV has never been transmitted by scratching, and it's questionable that even bloody fisticuffs has ever caused an infection. You're almost a grown man, and you need to be careful about getting into fights -- in some communities, and some situations, you need to be a fighter; but other times, you're taking too high a risk in our era of laws and lawyers. I hope the outcome was right. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can you catch HIV of surfaces? If you sat somewhere naked and some1 before you with HIV sat there naked too & left fluids can you get hiv this way?
No risk at all: Nobody ever catches HIV from blood or body fluids in the environment. Don't worry about it. The virus dies quickly when outside the body, especially when fluids dry out. And even with wet fluids, not enough virus can reach susceptible cells deep inside the body. You will never be at risk for HIV except by unprotected vaginal or anal sex, or sharing drug injection equipment with other people. ...Read more
Today I was at barbers, I didn't notice him changing the blade as he was so quick and I guess he reused the blade can I catch hiv through reused blade?
No.: Anything is possible, but this seems really really unlikely. Maybe one in a million chance. Even when there is direct mucous to mucous membrane contact or a direct puncture with an infected needle, chances are low. This has to be orders of magnitude below that. ...Read more
HIV can be stopped: If someone is identified relatively early, before the immune system is severely damaged (AIDS), the virus can be stopped. I have many patients who are controlled on medication - their virus is essentially 'locked away' thanks to the meds and I never suspect they will get AIDS. This is the good news about HIV treatment. The key is to get 'identified' as infected or not before the damage occurs. ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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