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Fingernail Scratch Hiv
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
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
Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?
Nail bruising: After trauma to nail, it one can get a pooling of blood under the nail (subungual hematoma) which gives the nail a purple/maroon discoloration. If injury is recent and there is pain, please see dermatologist right away. It may be necessary to drain the blood from under nail. Whether nail will be lost depends on how much trauma and how much blood presses on junction between nail plate and bed. ...Read more
Unlikely: If your fingers are otherwise normal, without cracks or open lesions, it is unlikely touching money will give you hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is usually transmitted from close personal contact as in toothbrush and razor sharing, needle sticks or other exposure to blood. There can be maternal to fetal transmission during delivery. ...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
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
Risk of hiv-hcv-hbv transmission by stripper scratching my back with nails (little blood came out)? Concern for her scratching other men-"dirty" nails
HIV HCV HBV: The risk is low but it is not zero. This would be considered risky behavior and is not recommended. ...Read more
No to all: During the bad years when there was no treatment, not a single household contact became infected except by sex or needle sharing. Stop worrying -- it's as uninformed as worrying about getting a woman pregnant by sharing a swimming pool. I am sorry anyone troubled you. Best wishes. ...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
Cat nail pricked scrotum w/ sleeping on lap. Tiny bleed 5-10min. Slight bump around prick/point Clean w Alc/Hyd Pero? Cat nail higher infection risk?
Nail fungus spread: Since nail fungus is spread by direct contact, it is very likely that this can spread from one nail to another especially on the same foot. When treating nail fungus, i recommend treating all nails. Healthy nails should be treated in addition to the infected nails in order to prevent spread of the fungus. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unprotected sex 10 months ago. Dry cough dry itchy skin. Red bumps on thighs. White tongue. Cuts won't heal. Athletes foot. Nail changes Oral hiv neg?
HIV: Sounds like you're having some pretty common health annoyances & are worried they're due to HIV. First, the chance of of getting HIV from 1 encounter is very low (1 in 1250 exposures for vaginal penetration). The oral HIV tests are pretty accurate (about 92%) but to be extra sure and give you peace of mind, call your gyn or PCP to get a blood test. It's quick and confidential. Good luck! ...Read more
HIV is hard to get: I am not sure what you are really asking. Hiv is not caught in normal life settings. It is not caught from inanimate objects, from casual contact with an infected person; it is not caught through normal skin. If you have a fresh open wound and someone actively bleeds into your wound then we can talk about this. What are you really worrying about? Why are you so worried? ...Read more
Touching: Fungus is a living organism, you can't always see the fungus with your naked eyes. You start to see it when there is a lot of fungus or the result of what fungus does. So you may only see it after a nail is discolored or thick. Technically, it can spread and touching something can cause fungus from the finger to go where you touch. How likely that will occur - i can not answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No problem: In real life, things like that happen every day and are not a worry. Just use common sense, and wash when truly needed. Life is full of uncertainties, and a person cannot live if she worries about all of the potential little day-to-day occurrences. As they say, "Don't sweat the small stuff." ...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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