Anonymous
I shared lip gloss with My friend who is HIV positive. Is there risk of HIV if my friend's blood was on the lip brush and I used it to apply on my dry cracked lips?

Please help me. Very worried.
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Anonymous
Hi,

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I hope I can answer your question.

HIV transmission through sharing lip gloss poses No Risk.

HIV is a human to human contact not a human to non-human contact. In addition, in order to acquire HIV there needs the exchange of body fluids to be transmitted. As a matter of fact HIV dies very quickly when exposed to air and saliva actually contains an enzyme that inhibits HIV. Saliva and oral fluids do not contain enough of the virus to cause potential transmission.

If you have further inquiries may I suggest [www.aidsvancouver.org](www.aidsvancouver.org). There you will find a post of activities that pose risk to acquiring HIV.

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline, if you have further questions and live in the Vancouver Coastal area please contact us through calling us at 604-696-4666. Your calls are confidential and private.

Best Wishes,

Renee

AIDS Helpline Volunteer
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