Anonymous
I shared lipstick with a friend who is HIV positive. What if there was blood on the lipstick and I applied the lipstick on my lips? My lips weren't bleeding. What if the HIV blood on the lipstick entered my mouth? Am I at risk if the lipstick with blood enter my mouth? My mouth has no fresh bleeding cuts but I am unsure about micro cuts inside my mouth. Waiting for your favourable response!
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source for HIV/AIDS related information.

The simple answer to your question is no, you have not exposed yourself to HIV. There are two reasons why:
1) HIV is a very weak virus and dies once exposed to the air.
2) There is an enzyme in saliva that actually inhibits the growth of HIV.

For an HIV risk to exist, certain HIV+ fluids (semen, anal/vaginal fluids, blood) must come into direct contact with the bloodstream of an HIV- individual. In your case, this did not happen. The "micro" cuts to which you refer, would be protected by your saliva, as discussed above.

I trust I have addressed your concern however, should further information be required, feel free to contact us again.

In good health,

Jonathan, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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