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Question

Can my dog catch HIV from me?

Hi Simon

I am HIV positive. I have a dog at home and worry I might pass the virus to my dog.

Can dog catch HIV if my dog licking my open wound?

In fact, my dog did lick my open wound accidentally without me noticing.

Thank you very much.

Answer

No.

HIV will not cross between humans and dogs – or other pets.

I’m touched by your concern for your dog, but I think you should be more careful with your own health. If you have an open wound it is not good to let your dog lick it, even though this sounds like an accident.


Information on this website is provided by treatment advocates and offered as a guide only. Decisions about your treatment should always be taken in consultation with your doctor.

One comment

  1. Hi my name is amber and i have a question about the hiv virus.My boss has hiv and we groom dogs i recently got bit by his dog and was wondering if i have it now.If not than how can i be more aware of the surroundings iam in.Especially having a boss that is hiv positive and working with clippers that he also uses on the dogs he also has lots of sores on his arms iam realy not uncomfterble but i know i should be very careful.thank you for reading this.

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