Anonymous
Hi, I asked a qn on HIV transmission through shared makeup brushes. How long can HIV infected blood survive in makeup brushes? If there was blood on the brush, and the makeup stylist used that brush on my lips, what are the chances of HIV if I had ingested the blood?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

HIV is a very weak virus and cannot survive outside of the human body as it dies soon after its exposure to air. Additionally, conditions that need to be met for there to be any risk of HIV infection. These conditions include the exchange of bodily fluids with potentially high viral loads (blood, semen) + engaging in high risk activities (unprotected anal/vaginal sex, needle sharing) + direct access to the blood stream.

Based on all the information provided above, you can see how there is no risk of HIV infection from shared make up brushes, especially if they have been exposed to air prior to make up application and in the absence of any deep or freshly bleeding wounds in the location of make up application. I would also like to assume that if make up was applied on you by a professional, then the brushes would have been appropriately cleaned after every client.

I trust that I have answered your question. Feel free to contact us again shall further inquiries arise.

Best wishes,

Malath
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