HIV Infection Through Nail Scratches. Can You Or Not?

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Good evening, I want to ask, can HIV be transmitted through a scratch from a patient’s nail, and the scratch wound bleeds, but the finger that scratched it had no wound. Is there a risk in such an incident or not? please answer yes, thank you.

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Hello Tio, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

HIV or Human immunodeficiency virus is a virus that attacks the human body's defense system so that the body's defense system becomes weak and the sufferer becomes more susceptible to infection. HIV can be transmitted through contact with body fluids, such as blood, vaginal fluids, anal fluids, semen, and breast milk. Conditions that have the potential for HIV transmission include:

Unprotected sexual intercourse with people living with HIV Using needles together with people living with HIV Needling or other sharp objects contaminated with blood or body parts of people with HIV Blood transfusions and organ transplants from people with HIV Transmission from mother to baby during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding Nails people with HIV do not contain this virus, so scratches from nails with HIV will not have the potential to transmit HIV. However, if the nail is contaminated by bodily fluids, for example contaminated with blood, anal fluid, etc., then the claw has the potential to transmit this virus. If you are in doubt, you can do an HIV test at least 4 weeks after exposure.

Here is an article that you can read about how HIV is transmitted

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