Is feline AIDS contagious to humans?

Answer

According to Dr. Lila Miller and Petfinder, feline AIDS and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are not contagious to humans. These diseases only affect cats; their owners and other animals in the home are not at risk of contracting the disease.

Petfinder pionts out that while contraction is impossible between cats and humans, the disease is readily spread between cats. Cats that are diagnosed with either FIV or feline AIDS should be segregated from other cats and kept indoors to minimize chances of the disease spreading.

According to About's Veterinary Medicine site, once a cat is diagnosed, it can live many years, particularly if care is taken to prevent secondary infections. A cat with FIV may never develop feline AIDS despite being a disease carrier. However, there is no cure for the disease.

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