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

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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
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