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Hey few weeks ago my cat sctratched my friend who is Sexually Active and then in like 2 seconds he sctratched me (immediately) and made me like 3 wounds  ,so what i did in thit moment i rushed so fast to get the HYDROALCOHOLIC GEL to rub it on my wounds,
i ve been reading here that superficial wounds do not provide direct access to the bloodstream because it starts healing and forming barriers to prevent viruses and germs from accessing inside and therefore cat scratches are considered No RSK , but idk if that applies on a catch sctrach of 1-2 seconds or just after few minutes ..i asked some doctor here in my city.. about Rubbing HYDROALCOHOLIC GEL on a wound to kill viruses , and his answer was No dont and never do that because it will burn your skin, the Skin cells can be damaged when put in contact with rubbing alcohol and swelling or itching that results might be misread as inflammatory symptoms so it makes the injury worse , and rather than killing any virus inside it may increase the risk of getting it more inside of the body because when ur skin if flammed the wound stops healing..  he said the HYDROALCOHOLIC GEL only kills 90% of virus when it's outside the body, inside the body surfaces it never affect them !!!! when in other sources they say > it is true that alcohol can work to minimize germ activity within the wound surface , but it will also burn your skin immediately ...the doctor didnt say that part "alcohol can work to minimize germ activity within the wound surface" he said the opposite he said it may increase the risk of letting the virus get more inside than killing them because when the skin if flammed it stops healing  !!!! so here are my questions please answer them :
1-Was i at risk  ? after putting the HYDROALCOHOLIC GEL on a wound ? 
2-which is safer to prevent HIV Transmissions , putting the HYDROALCOHOLIC GEL on a wound after a sctrach or just dont do anything ? 
what i want to know is this: lets assume the HIV infection of a cat sctrach is 5% if you do not do anything , so is the HIV infection of a cat sctrach 30% when you put the HYDROALCOHOLIC GEL on the wound ? this is what i understand from what the doctor said..so will it remain 5% even after putting HYDROALCOHOLIC GEL on the wound or im more at risk now  ?? please tell me which one is correct because i encoutered sore throat later idk if it's from HIV or from cold weather because it's been so cold lately please answer me !!!!!
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Hi there,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV from a cat who had previously scratched a friend of yours and then proceeded to scratch you shortly after. Additionally, you are inquiring about the possible increased risk of getting HIV after the use of hydroalcoholic gel. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible in this given scenario).

Transmission is not possible in this given scenario because:

This scenario does not meet any of the components of our HIV Transmission Equation (direct access to bloodstream, high-risk activity and presence of bodily fluids). Since the transmission vector was a cat, any possible blood on the claws of the cat would have been exposed to air which rapidly reduces the concentration of HIV present. HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host (1).

In regards to the use of hydroalcoholic gel, it is an effective antimicrobial across a broad range of bacteria and viruses as well but we are not sure about the relevance of this product in the context of HIV (2). There is no impact on the risk of acquiring HIV from using the gel on your wound. Additionally, since any blood on the claws of the cat would already have been exposed to air, this would have resulted in the virus breaking-down quickly. As a result, doing nothing or even rinsing the wound with simply water to clear the wound of other bacteria are both viable options.

Please refer to our HIV Transmission Equation for more information on avenues of HIV transmission:

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Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions

HIV Inactive in the Environment (1)
Hydroalcoholic Gel Information (2)

Thank you
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shawn

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