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Can HIV be contracted through nail scratches?

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Posted on Sat, 7 May 2016
Question: IF SOMEBODY SCRTACHING WITH NAIL AND BLOOD CAME FROM ME AND NO BLOOD ON HIM ANY HIV RISK ? WHAT IS HE HAD DRIED BLOOD ON HIS NAIL AND GET CONTACT WITH FRESH BLOOD ANY RISKK?
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Answered by Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti (28 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No reports of HIV transmission by such act.

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thank you for query. I am Dr Bharatesh D Basti answering your query.
Welcome to health care magic. I have gone through the details.

There are no reports of HIV transmission by nail scratches.HIV does not survive in nails or environment. So the possibility of HIV being in nails is nil.
HIV usually does not survive in dried blood. There are environmental factors like air velocity, humidity,temperature etc which will kill virus.
The possibility of dried blood in nails is nil.He has to be exposed to HIV patient blood before coming in contact with you. It is all Unlikely.
So once there is no source there is no possibility of entry of HIV into body, even if the wound bleed.

So allay fears of HIV transmission by these modes.
You can get back for any clarification.
Thank you
Dr Bharatesh D Basti
Dermatologist and venereolgist


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti (1 hour later)
if some blood got on his naILS THEN SCRATCHED ME I NOTICED HE SCRTATCHED A SMALL PIMPLE ON ME, BUT DIDNT SEE IT BLEEDING, IT JUST GOT RED ANY RISK
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Answered by Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Risk is nil with the given description.

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thank you for follow up query.
As there is no open wound (pimple just red not open),the chances of entry of HIV is nil.
Moreover the person may not have blood in it and need not be HIV positive.

You can get back for any clarification.
Thank you
Dr Bharatesh D Basti
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Can HIV be contracted through nail scratches?

Brief Answer: No reports of HIV transmission by such act. Detailed Answer: Hi Thank you for query. I am Dr Bharatesh D Basti answering your query. Welcome to health care magic. I have gone through the details. There are no reports of HIV transmission by nail scratches.HIV does not survive in nails or environment. So the possibility of HIV being in nails is nil. HIV usually does not survive in dried blood. There are environmental factors like air velocity, humidity,temperature etc which will kill virus. The possibility of dried blood in nails is nil.He has to be exposed to HIV patient blood before coming in contact with you. It is all Unlikely. So once there is no source there is no possibility of entry of HIV into body, even if the wound bleed. So allay fears of HIV transmission by these modes. You can get back for any clarification. Thank you Dr Bharatesh D Basti Dermatologist and venereolgist