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I had been to a massage parlor last week. I just went for massage. I was topless but worn shorts. She was fully covered with clothes while doing massage.I was asked whether you would require just massage or some other service. I got scared and left. Unfortunately I got scratches from her nail. Scratch mark was approx 1 cm but I was able to see this mark next day. Not sure whether there was any blood clot due to that scratch. Note it was just massage and no sexual activity as she was fully covered and me covered from bottom. But I am scared whether the person massaging is infected with HIV. In worse case if she is infected am I at risk due to the scratch from her nail while massaging.
Should I undergo test or should I move on.


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replied April 28th, 2010
HIV and AIDS Answer A11607
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned if nail scratches can cause spread of HIV.
There probably is no increased risk with nail scratches as you have not been exposed to body fluids like blood, vaginal secretions, saliva etc. Nail scratch on your body from a HIV infected individual cannot transfer HIV to you. I don't recommend testing on the basis of this exposure.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.



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