Anonymous
Hi this is my previous qn : http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/front?page=1

I am worried what if I accidentally swallow the blood on the lipstick, which was applied on my lips? Since the makeup artist didn't clean and she used it on herself then use on me. I worry that there is blood in the lipstick brush.

But There is no risk you say regarding the HIV blood on the lipstick. But I saw previous posts that you mentioned there is low risk if someone swallows HIV infected blood. What's the difference between these 2 cases? They are both talking about taking blood into the mouth but why is mine no risk and taking blood into mouth a risk? Please help me to understand. I am very worried and can barely function.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for contacting us again.

There is no need to worry if you swallowed blood on the lipstick. As was explained to you, any blood that does not directly enter your blood stream, will not expose you to HIV. Also, saliva contains an enzyme that actually inhibits the growth of HIV. There is no need to worry about blood in your lipstick brush, as it would be dead and not transferable. In regards to the posts you read about blood being swallowed, it would take a large, gaping, profusely bleeding open wound that would be considered a risk. In your case, according to your description of the incident, this did not happen to you.

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

In good health,

Jonathan, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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