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Dog scratched HIV person then immediately scratch you then can u get hiv?

Dog scratched HIV person then immediately scratch you then can u get hiv?

HIV: 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

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Hiv (Definition)

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


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Hi docs. Today I got scratched by dog. So if it scratched HIV people just before is it a risk?

Hi docs. Today I got scratched by dog. So if it scratched HIV people just before is it a risk?

No: The HIV virus is extremely fragile outside of the human body, so I would not worry if you were scratched by a dog even if it had scratched another person before you. You would have greater odds of getting struck by lightning than contracting HIV from a scratch! ...Read more

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If someone with HIV scratches you can you get hiv?

If someone with HIV scratches you can you get hiv?

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

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Can hiv transmit through surfaces like curtains or desk if an scratch comes in contact with it, Thanks?

Can hiv transmit through surfaces like curtains or desk if an scratch comes in contact with it, Thanks?

Unlikely.: HIV is a realtively fragile virus. It requires a fluid/liquid environment, preferably one that is warm and has some nutrients in it (mucous membranes). It does not appear to survive long on cold dry surfaces. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can semen on old scratch cause hiv?

Can semen on old scratch cause hiv?

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

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Is there a certain amount of blood needed to transfer HIV to another person trough a scratch?

Amount of blood: That's a really tough question to answer. It really depends on viral load. Viral load refers to how many virus particles are present in the infected individual. This can vary dramatically depending on the time of the infection. At the time of initial infection the viral load can be very high so a small amount of blood may contain a very high concentration of viral particles. Get checked. ...Read more

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How likely is it to contract HIV through a very small scratch, if you get scratched by a used instrument?

Basically zero: I doubt anyone would say this justifies HIV prophylaxis. There's data on punctures and jabs, but nobody's connected HIV transmission to a scratch. Is the instrument itself coated fresh blood? The virus is wimpy and won't survive otherwise. If you are obsessed with the idea that you may have contracted hiv, you deserve to get a nucleic acid assay to be sure. ...Read more

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For how long the scratch is capable of transmitting hiv I mean how long it takes to not contract hiv from infected blood?

For how long the scratch is capable of transmitting hiv I mean how long it takes to not contract hiv from infected blood?

Depends on moisture: HIV is a fragile virus. It needs moisture and warmth to survive. If the scratch from an HIV + person is new and has flowing blood then it is infectious. Question is, how long before it is not infection? My view of this is that if the blood is in any way moist, then its infectious. If it is completely dry and been that way for a while, unlikely to be infectious. ...Read more

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Fixed someone's catheter and changed wet sheet half hr later scratched groin area if any semen on sheet could HIV be transmitted?

Family practice: Always use precautions when exposing yourself with someone else's body fluids. Use gloves and always wash your hands. That being said it is very unlikely nearly impossible in contacting HIV in that episode. Needle pokes should be investigated. ...Read more

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Can you get hiv from scratching someone on the hand? I accidentally scratched someone on their hand and was wondering if u can get hiv this way?

Can you get hiv from scratching someone on the hand? I accidentally scratched someone on their hand and was wondering if u can get hiv this way?

Highly unlikely: First that someone must have HIV to start with, then you must have blood-to-blood contact. Scratch someone's hand does not qualify. ...Read more

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I was scratched by a used instrument, the patient that I was working on was 13. There was no visible blood on the tool. What is the likelyhood of hiv?

Zero: Stop this worrying. If you can't stop, please get with your physician. You won't be the first person troubled by fears of HIV that you recognize yourself are unrealistic. But for your own sake and the sake of those around you, please do what you can to end these self-destructive fears. ...Read more

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I was combing my daughters hair and l accidentally scratched her on the nose did I just give my daughter hiv?

No: Please forgive me. You are old enough to be a mother. You have a duty to both yourself and your daughter to become scientifically and medically literate. HIV is transmitted only in certain well-defined ways and only from folks who are HIV positive. Please learn the basics so you can be a competent mother not held back be baseless fear. ...Read more

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Can I get hep c or HIV from touching urine bottle don't know if any urine on it with scratches and dermatitis as glove broke?

Can I get hep c or HIV from touching urine bottle don't know if any urine on it with scratches and dermatitis as glove broke?

Hepatitis C in urine: While hepatitis c can be found in urine specimens, transmission by this route hasn't been reported. Most occurred via blood (before testing available) sharing needles, needle sticks & rarely via sex. Hcv is less transmissible than hepatitis b but more-so than hiv. That is not to say that hcv can't be transmitted via urine or saliva & that care should be used when dealing with all body fluids. ...Read more

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Can massage oil transmit HIV via small wound (scratch of a nail), im worrying about this, full of stress, even didn't eat, can't think of anyother. Help me?

Can massage oil transmit HIV via small wound (scratch of a nail), im worrying about this, full of stress, even didn't eat, can't think of anyother. Help me?

The massage oil: Would have to have been put on by someone with an open wound that was actively washing in and out of that wound and your wound would have to be open as well, not just a scabbed scratch. Plus, HIV is not a hardy virus and any long term placement outside of body in the oil would not be suitable for the virus to live. While I can't guarantee it, it is not likely HIV would be transmitted this way. ...Read more

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I only got a blowjob from a woman but she kinda scratched me with her teeth. There was no blood. Should I get HIV test?

I only got a blowjob from a woman but she kinda scratched me with her teeth. There was no blood. Should I get HIV test?

Basically zero risk: I'd urge you to do this simply because you're concerned. The risk of transmission of HIV to the recipient of oral sex is basically zero, especially with no blood being drawn; saliva contains substances that make it very hard to transmit hiv. However, you can get syphilis, gonorrhea, and a few others this way; "safe is sexy" and a condom's a good idea till you've found that one special lady. ...Read more

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Can I get HIV or hep if someone in contact with infected blood scratched me. Can nail harbour the virus?

Can I get HIV or hep if someone in contact with infected blood scratched me. Can nail harbour the virus?

No...: From your description, your risk of contracting HIV for Hepatitis are exceedingly low/non-existent. "Someone who had contact with infected blood scratched you"? I can't come up with any way (short of some bloody horror movie scene) where that would be of concern. Clean your scratch and relax. ...Read more

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I dealt with someone that has a catheter I scratched my ear and don't know if it I bled or is infected would HIV transmit?

HIV is hard to get: Please, you are smarter than this. Hiv is transmitted directly through blood or sexual contact. It is not transmitted casually or by touching inanimate objects. Your question implies dear and judgement. There is no possible way to get HIV in te scenario you describe! ...Read more

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May have touched/scratched a needle when flicking the safety after a flu shot. Didn't even feel it, didn't draw blood. HepC/HIV still a concern?

May have touched/scratched a needle when flicking the safety after a flu shot. Didn't even feel it, didn't draw blood. HepC/HIV still a concern?

Very low risk.: If you are not sure if you stuck yourself, didn't feel it and did not see any blood, your chances of any blood borne infection is pretty low. Any potential exposure should be reported to your supervisor. ...Read more

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I scratched the inside of my ear and don't know if it bled or not 8 hours after dealing with a catheter and dressing someone can HIV be transmitted?

Yes, but get calm: From actual evidence, transmission primarily from direct blood contact (not indirect as you describe) genital mucosa (more male to female than visa versa) & saliva next most common. Delayed transfer from non-living materials rare at most. At this point, only option is to check blood for HIV infection/ab response currently & again after >6 mo. If remains negative, then HIV infection did not occur. ...Read more

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I scratched the inside of my ear I don't know if it bled or not but I touched a catheter and pulled someone's pants up 9 hrs prior would you get hiv?

No: Routine care of another person, even one with a urinary cathether, doesn't transmit hiv. If talking about IV catheters, then there is a small chance, due to the blood involved. However, if one sticks to common sense precautions such as washing hands after providing care, and wearing disposable gloves when needed, then all is presumed safe (unless you are the unluckiest person in the whole state). ...Read more

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I've been superficially scratched by a key, with alittle amount of blood, few minutes before a girl did scratch as well with the same key. Hiv. Hcv or hbv? Tn

I've been superficially scratched by a key, with alittle amount of blood, few minutes before a girl did scratch as well with the same key. Hiv. Hcv or hbv? Tn

You can tell us: We're your friends and care. How often is a person scratched with a key to the point of drawing blood? I believe that every physician reading this will consider the question unrealistic. If you shared a needle with someone else, you are in serious danger of contracting all three diseases. You should get with your physician now for possible prophylaxis and for mental-health care / addiction Rx. ...Read more

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Drops of blood dried on glass not very big cleaned with soap and water is it possible to contract HIV or hep from it? Then washed hands after scratch?

Drops of blood dried on glass not very big cleaned with soap and water is it possible to contract HIV or hep from it? Then washed hands after scratch?

Unlikely: For there to be any risk, blood would have to have HIV or hepatitis virus in it. The process of drying would inactivate some of the virus. If you wore gloves while cleaning, the risk would be near zero. If you scratched you hand while cleaning and the blood had virus in it, there would be some but low risk. It is not feasible to give a more exact answer. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV or anything else from an old scratch on arm knocking toilet bowl with faeces washed hands and arm asap?

No: No, it is statically impossible to get HIV from a toliet bowl. No, an "old scratch" is healed and not an open wound to get a bacterial infection. You'll be fine. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more