Anonymous
Hi Is it still correct that there have been no reported cases of transmission of HIV by cats under any circumstances? Yesterday, my neighbour (I don't know if she is HIV+ or not) was nursing her cat and then passed it to my son. Within a small time frame (seconds rather than minutes), the cat panicked and gave my son a few scratches plus dug one of its claws quite deeply into his hand (like a puncture wound) drawing a small amount of blood. The cat may have scratched my neighbour prior to her handing it over as later that day I noticed that she had a small superficial scratch on her wrist. I know that cat scratches are usually regarded as superficial wounds unable to transmit HIV, but what about a claw puncture wound? Even if the cat scratched my neighbour seconds prior to scratching my son, would the small amount of blood preclude transmission? Please, please help me - I don't want to put my son through the trauma of testing if there is no need. Thanks.
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