Anonymous
Is there no risk of HIV if HIV blood enters my mouth(with no bleeding cuts)?
Can HIV also survive in baby powder, mascara, or lipstick?
I see a previous post but I just want to be sure
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. A small amount of blood entering your mouth in the situation you described presents a low risk. The enzymes in saliva are somewhat protective against HIV transmission, so unless you were exposed to a significant amount of blood from someone who was bleeding profusely, there was no real risk in your case.

As for your second question, HIV will not survive in baby powder, mascara or lipstick since the virus dies after being exposed to air.

If you have any other questions about HIV in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us again.
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