Lisa
Hello,if a somebody drip their blood into vaseline jar and cover it,it airtight,and 7-8 hours I rub vaseline on my lips,can I get HIV? My lips dry and bled,thank your answer.
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from your question, you are concerned about the possibility of HIV transmission, given the event that blood made its way into a Vaseline jar 
which was then used on dry, bleeding lips.

From the information given, this scenario would be considered to be of Negligible Risk (there is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. However, there is a theoretical possibility of transmission under certain extenuating circumstances)

Transmission is considered to be of Negligible Risk for the following reasons:

HIV does not survive outside the body very long and undergoes a rapid decrease in concentration after being exposed to air (1). The initial blood was exposed to the air and there also would have been some air that got trapped in the Vaseline jar after it was sealed. However, if HIV positive fluid was inserted into the Vaseline, the product would provide a hypoxic environment causing HIV to be able to survive a little longer due to no further exposure to air.

Yet, keep in mind that there have been 
NO documented cases of this occurring. There is a fine-line between this scenario being Low/High Risk given that the three components of our Transmission Equation (see below) are met, but taking into account the unlikeliness of such an event occurring in addition to no currently documented cases of transmission being reported, this would be better classified as Negligible Risk. 

If you are concerned about such an event occurring in the future, we would recommend getting a new container of Vaseline if possible.

Please refer to our HIV Transmission Equation below for more information:

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Recommendation: There is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. Refer to a healthcare professional for more personalized answers.

(1) HIV & Air Reference

Thank you
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shawn

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