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Q. There was blood on my finger after a scuffle. Is this a risk for HIV?

Answered by
Dr. Sushil Kakkar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 15, 2018

Hello doctor,

I got in a scuffle. Near my fingernails, I saw blood. I am not sure if it was mine or the offenders. I have no deep wound. Just small marks from biting nails or from handcuffs. I am worried if the offender was infected with HIV and it was his blood. Any advice?

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have noted your concern.

HIV is only transmitted through a fresh, deep, and actively bleeding wound. A scratch or a paper cut would not provide direct access for the virus into the bloodstream. Regards.

For more information consult an HIV AIDS specialist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/HIV-AIDS-specialist

Thank you doctor,

So even if I had small cuts near my nails that were not deep but had bled I should not worry. Is this what you are saying?

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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes. Only deep cuts/lacerations pose a threat as they provide direct access to the bloodstream. Superficial cuts do not pose a risk. Regards.

For more information consult an HIV AIDS specialist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/HIV-AIDS-specialist


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