hey there !! i want to know whether i was at risk in this situation or not.. please explain me in details !
i was sitting with a person in a closed shop " all windows were closed as well as the door which means the air outside was not coming in" and that person always does Sex with many women and he never uses condoms , i was holding my cat next to him"i was playing with my cat" and then my cat accidently scratched that person , he then screamed and said " oh your cat scratched me" it did him a small paper cut but he did not bleed and im pretty sure 100% that the nail of my cat got into his bloodstream , after like 10-12 seconds he said "LET THE CAT GET AWAY" he screamed on my cat and wanted to hit him , my cat got scared and sticked his nails in my pants and jumped away ...i felt my cat nails on my skin and i dont know if they broke my skin or not but most likely they broke it a bit > here are my question :
-the windows of shop and door were all closed so does that mean we were in a temperature room where HIV needs hours to die and not seconds or minutes ? how long can HIV live in this shop ?
- can i get HIV this way ? we all know that the nails of cats are covered with hair so once my cat scratched that person.. in half a second the nail got back to hide in that hair and im afraid there wasnt a sufficient Oxygen to kill off HIV
- after 10-20 seconds my cat sticked his nails in my pants and broke my skin a bit , i have readed that paper cut and small wounds do not provide direct acess to bloodstream and that the small wounds start healing and forming barriers preventing viruses from accessing inside and also the blood outside cannot reenter the bloodstream which means HIV would be killed by the air BUT !!!! how could air kill off hiv when my small wound is inside my pants ? there is no air inside !!!! and also lets say that my very small cut was inside pants ....what is your explanation about my pants rubbing the very small cut inside where the hiv outside the very small cut isnt exposed to oxygen because its inside clothes ..cus when people walk or do moves the pants rub a bit the skin , thats how i see it will that pose any risk ? ... please give me an answer !! was it at risk ?
Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission from your cat scratching a person with unknown HIV status, and then subsequently scratching you moments after.
From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario). The scenario mentioned above does not provide a risk of HIV acquisition to you because it does not satisfy the three components of our HIV Transmission Equation
The equation is not satisfied because:
Although there is a presence of bodily fluid, a cat scratch to another individual and then yourself does not warrant a High Risk or even Low Risk for HIV transmission, and does not permit direct access to the bloodstream.
Further, HIV does not survive long outside of the body, and HIV positive fluids exposed to the environment undergo a rapid reduction in HIV transmission, essentially making HIV transmission very unlikely in these kinds of scenario's (1).
Recommendation: No need for HIV testing with the scenario provided, please refer to a physician for any other health related questions.
All the best,
AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody