hey please sorry for asking again but im really inquired !!! answer my question scientifically and in details please !!! im asking the same question that i have asked before and your answer was NO RISK but i forgot to tell you that i do not have Spleen since 23 years they took it off me when i was 4 years old and i understand that the Spleen is one of importants parts in Immune system
so will it be the same result NO RISK even if i dont have spleen in the The scenario mentioned before ? because superficial cuts start healing and forming barriers preventing viruses from accessing inside and this is one of the Immune system job , but when some one does not have the Speed , will the chance of acquiring HIV increase this way ? ..lets say the chance of acquiring HIV this way with a person who has Spleen is 1% ....will the chance increase to 15 or 20% if this person does not have the Spleen ?
and here is the scenario

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 ?
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from your cat scratching a person with unknown HIV status, and then subsequently scratching you with the knowledge of you not possessing a spleen. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

HIV acquisition occurs when the three components of our HIV Transmission Equation is satisfied. [HIV Transmission Equation]( Transmission occurs when bodily fluid containing HIV has direct access to the bloodstream of an individual through a High Risk Activity (1).

Although there is a presence of bodily fluid, a cat scratch from another individual and then you yourself getting scratched does *not warrant a High Risk or even Low Risk* for HIV transmission, and does not permit direct access to the bloodstream.

It is important know that 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 (2).

The only information retrieved on spleens and HIV connection is this article stating that the [removal of the spleen actually slows down the process of HIV Progression]( *Please note this article is from 20 years ago*. Furthermore, whether you have a spleen or not, this does not impact HIV acquisition. What does impact transmission is *bodily fluids containing HIV with direct access to the bloodstream*.

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


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