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littlescared:
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 don’t 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.

Jim Allen:
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 ‘safe’ 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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littlescared:
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.

Jim Allen:
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.

littlescared:
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.

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