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Can HIV Be Contracted Through A Dog Bite?

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Posted on Wed, 3 May 2017
Question: 2- wired questions

If a puppy nipped someone with HIV then nipped another person could the virus be passed?
My neighbor was playing with my puppy and the puppy may have nipped him while grabbing at his shirt, I saw what might have been a red mark but couldn't tell, it wasn't bleeding, at least not visibly. When I corrected my puppy it was nipping at me. I couldn't find any visible marks on my hands, and no blood was drawn, however I did feel his teeth on my skin. If the neighbor had hiv could this transmit this way, I have read several places on line like from the body.com that no it would be impossible. and I would assume it would require a more severe wounds and blood, which there wasn't.

Second: I have athletes foot and dry skin and my feet crack pretty bad, I think I stepped on semen in the gym shower, I know its gross but that's what it looked like. Once again I have read that this is a no risk situation, e/t would be dad and cracks in feet don't have access to blood stream I just want to verify.
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Monika Dede (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Please don't worry! There is no risk for HIV.

Detailed Answer:
Hello! I have been through your questions.

Regarding the first question you shouldn't worry because the HIV cannot be passed from a puppy that nipped someone with HIV.

You should know that HIV can not be spread to (even if there is a blood contact), from, or by cats, dogs, puppy, birds, or other pets.

Regarding the second question, you should know that HIV cannot spread if there isn't any blood contact (you have just feet crack and not bloody wound) and there no risk of transmission with a semen contact.

So, please don't worry there is no risk for HIV in all such above-mentioned situations.

I hope my answer helps you.
Regards.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Monika Dede (15 hours later)
So in the first case, there is no concern at all. There was no visible blood at all, but even if there was there wouldn't be a concern even if just a few minutes had passed.

In the second case, the cracks on my feet are huge and numerous. But they weren't actively bleeding, at the worst the big ones were pink on the inside, one of the small ones had dried blood. I assume that any bodily fluids like semen would be dead on the shower floor anyway killed by time and water. I am guessing it couldn't live more then a few minutes anyway.
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Monika Dede (19 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Yes there is no concern at all.

Detailed Answer:
Hello! Thank you writing back in healthcaremagic.
I am sorry for my late response.

Yes I emphasize again that there is no concern at all even if there may be a visible blood and even if only a few minutes had passed because HIV cannot be spread from or by a puppy.

As well in the second case, you are right, there is no concern at all even if you have huge and numerous cracks on your feet and even with dried blood because HIV cannot survive outside the body just some few minutes, (but an average of around 30 seconds when exposed to air).

I hope my answer helps you.
Regards.



Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Remy Koshy
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Can HIV Be Contracted Through A Dog Bite?

Brief Answer: Please don't worry! There is no risk for HIV. Detailed Answer: Hello! I have been through your questions. Regarding the first question you shouldn't worry because the HIV cannot be passed from a puppy that nipped someone with HIV. You should know that HIV can not be spread to (even if there is a blood contact), from, or by cats, dogs, puppy, birds, or other pets. Regarding the second question, you should know that HIV cannot spread if there isn't any blood contact (you have just feet crack and not bloody wound) and there no risk of transmission with a semen contact. So, please don't worry there is no risk for HIV in all such above-mentioned situations. I hope my answer helps you. Regards.