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Dog Scratched Hiv
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
See doctor.: First of all you need a tetanus shot if you haven't had one for 5-10 years. Cats have relatively "dirty" mouths, meaning they have a lot of bacteria on their teeth, which get injected into you when you get bitten. Even if your tetanus immunization is up to date, you will likely have to see a doctor, who will determine if you need an antibiotic. ...Read more
Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Extremely unlikely: An uninfected dog would not pass rabies to another animal or person. A hypothetical situation in which an uninfected dog could transmit rabies is if the dog got a big smear of infected animal saliva onto his dog fur, and then the dog's master hugged and petted his dog, and somehow managed to transfer the infected saliva from the dog fur into his (the master's) own eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wound. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cat overdue for rabies vaccine. Outdoor cat, scratches puppy sometimes. If puppy bites me when playing, should I be concerned? Vaccinate cat and self?
See below: So rabies is transmitted through saliva, not a scratch. However, it would be very wise of you to get both the cat and puppy (when old enough according to the vet) vaccinated for rabies and maintain that vaccine as recommended (rabies is devastating to them too). The puppy nipping at you is not likely to give you rabies. You don't need to be vaccinated unless you're bit by an unknown animal. ...Read more
Rabies: The rabies virus is only spread when the saliva of the infected animal comes in contact with the blood stream (generally from a bite). There are generally less than 100 cases of rabies in dogs each year in the us and transmission to humans from dogs in the us is exceedingly rare. Transmission from bats or other wildlife is much more common. ...Read more
Kitten scratched me on my hands, arms, & legs. Have red bumps all over where he scratched. Cat diagnosed w/ ringworm. cat scratch disease or ringworm?
Allergy?: Sounds like an allergic reaction to the scratches. You cannot get ringworm from the scratch itself. Cat scratch fever doesn't develop immediately after the scratch but within a day or two. Symptoms of cat scratch disease include swollen lymph nodes, fever, headache, fatigue, and loss of appetite. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My dog bit me & slightpunctured skin. He hasnt had his booster rabies shot. We have wild rats in backyard. Can rats carry rabies? Do I need rabies vac
Decision making: A number of factors exist here. What was the circumstance around the bite? Unprovoked? How is your dog behaving? Normally? Has the dog been previously vaccinated? Are you located in an area where rabies is found in raccoons etc? All this aside, any warm blooded animal can get rabies but mice, rats and squirrels are almost never rabid since they do not survive the bite that would transmit it. ...Read more
HIV from a cat scratch? Friend had HIV viral load of 20-30 copies per ml. Got tiny scratch from kitten 4 minutes after it scratched him. I took PEP.
No.: Rabid dogs don't cough or sneeze - they foam at the mouth, act crazy, and bite people. Rabies is very rare in dogs in this country, now that rabies shots are required by law pretty much everywhere - but if you see a stray dog acting strangely, don't get anywhere near enough to be sneezed on by it - call the cops! ...Read more
Infected hand: Insect bite can be infected with routine skin bacteria however more exotic microrgansms are possible. Damage from the bug bite itself may be mistaken for an infection when in fact it is actually skin necrosis or an allergic reaction. Make sure it doesn resemble a recluse spider bite or something similar, get evaluated medically, your pcp or the er is a good starting point and/or see a hand surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HIV: If the blood has dried long enough for the cells within the fluid to have died the HIV will also succumb to drying. But you must remember that just touching infected blood is not going to transmit the virus unless there is a break in the skin or the blood is somehow transferred into your mucous membranes or bloodstream. ...Read more
Probably not...: While rabies is certainly transmissible from cats to humans, it generally requires an ill cat bite not scratch. The infected saliva of an infected animal transmits the rabies virus through injured skin, thereby inoculatin the victim. Incubation of rabies in a human after exposure is 1-3 months typically. I would be much more concerned about the possibility of cat scratch disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stepped on (friendly) stray cat's tail & it scratched my foot (small scratch, bled a bit). 12 days later cat still is friendly/normal. Rabies concern?
The cat would be: dead by now if it was rabid, so I don't think you have anything to worry about, and 12 days,assuming it was rabid,you'd be feeling sick by now. ...Read more
A cat bite me 55 days ago, no cut mark / scratch found, this cat are still alive, can rabies transmitted 2 me?
Do house dogs carry rabies if not infected by outdoor animal? Friends's dog snapped at me but left no bite/broken skin/wound. Should i worry?
Not Rabies: No. You should not worry. You have no injury and you have a story that confirms a normal 'exposure' if you did have an injury. ...Read more
Scratched by a cat 1months ago, cat was fine for 1month then she disappeared.npin pointlike cut mark / scratch found, can rabies transmit 2 me?
Rabies: Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is FIV in cats? Is it similar to HIV in human beings? Can FIV be transmitted to human beings? If a cat with FIV bites or scratches a human being, can that person get FIV? If a person touches a cat that has FIV, can he/she get FIV?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Is it possible for HIV to transmit through a scratch that is not bleeding but is red, can hiv be transmitted from inanimate objects except the syring
Reacurring scratches appearing on my face. one line at 1st now I have 4 lines on my face (cheek) HIV negative result recently. Is this a symptom?
Fixed someone's catheter and changed wet sheet half hr later scratched groin area if any semen on sheet could HIV be transmitted?
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?
I am at my 23 week last exposure to hiv.I got scratched today with an object.If it was hcv blood in it would it give me false neg hiv test at 24 week?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please tell me what is the chance of getting infected by hiv, if HIV blood come in touch with abrasion and skin scratches.
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
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