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HIV Prevention and Testing => Do I Have HIV? => Topic started by: littlescared on December 24, 2021, 01:49:52 pm

Title: HIV from cat scratch?
Post by: littlescared on December 24, 2021, 01:49:52 pm
So I was visiting a friend, that works in the sex industry. She has a kitten that is very playful and she was playing with her and got scratched. After about 20 minutes, I got scratched badly on my finger, the cat just sticked her claw deep. I donít know my friend status, but if she is poz what are my chances of having hiv from the cat scratch? I am really extremely worried. Thank you for your time.
Title: Re: HIV from cat scratch?
Post by: Jim Allen on December 24, 2021, 04:30:08 pm
What you posted would be zero HIV risk.

Relax and move on with your life.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your health care provider about taking PrEP going forward as an additional layer of HIV protection.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as Ďsafeí in terms of HIV might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get tested regularly and at least yearly for STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and, the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Title: Re: HIV from cat scratch?
Post by: littlescared on December 24, 2021, 05:34:44 pm
Thank you so much for the reply. I just wanted to add, what if when the cat scratched my friend, she drew blood that stayed on her claw until she scratched me? Will it be still zero HIV risk? I am just trying to get it out of my head, but I just keep rethinking about different scenarios.
Title: Re: HIV from cat scratch?
Post by: Jim Allen on December 24, 2021, 05:38:57 pm
Zero HIV risk.

The reason I said zero HIV risk is this lacks all the environmental and biological conditions required for you to aquire HIV, no "what if" about it.
Title: Re: HIV from cat scratch?
Post by: littlescared on December 28, 2021, 04:27:13 am
Hei. I was just wondering, what if the cat scratches my friend and the immediately scratches me? Then will be risk, no? That happened also and now I am so scared thinking I need to wait at least 6 weeks before I can test myself.
Title: Re: HIV from cat scratch?
Post by: Jim Allen on December 28, 2021, 05:00:58 am
No HIV risk, no HIV testing needed over contact with the cat.

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Zero HIV risk.

The reason I said zero HIV risk is this lacks all the environmental and biological conditions required for you to aquire HIV, no "what if" about it.

Move on with your life and if you can't or you keep having these fears about HIV then consider talking to a therapist for support. 

Remember to use condoms for any intercourse and test out of routine at least yearly for STI's & HIV. 

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Title: Re: HIV from cat scratch?
Post by: littlescared on January 15, 2022, 04:09:02 am
I am really sorry if this is the wrong forum, but I am so anxious , I donít know what to do anymore. I got scratched by a cat that scratched another possible positive person 5 min before me and I took a hiv1 arn quant test at 16 days and the result is <30.It means that I have HIV? Because on internet, it says that if the result is <30, it means that HIV is detected, but under the detection limit. Please, I just want an answer. Thank you so much.
Title: Re: HIV from cat scratch?
Post by: Jim Allen on January 15, 2022, 06:14:59 am
I merged your post with your thread and you are well aware that you should not have posted where you did.

To be crystal clear, you can't and did not acquire HIV from a cat, therefore there was no reason to test for HIV over being in contact with the cat.

Even if you had had a real risk I would not recommend the test you took for a number of reasons. Also, the result was negative for HIV 1 and this has been explained to you by your GP. (Yes, I have seen your other posts online)

I am not going to pretend what you posted here and elsewhere is an HIV risk as it would be a disservice to you and the HIV community. You don't need further HIV testing outside of standard yearly routine unless this cat story is just an attempt to cover for condomless sex or sharing drug rigs.

Out of kindness I am giving you a 28 day ban to encourage you to seek professional support such as a therapist to help you with these irrational fears.