Anonymous
My friend was doing her eyebrows and then she used the same tweezers to do mine. She was bleeding, if she's hiv + is this a risk for me?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source for HIV related information.

In short, the answer is no. HIV is a weak virus that dies once exposed to air. There is no possibility of HIV being transmitted to you through the tweezers, even if your friend had been bleeding and was HIV positive. Let me explain why.

HIV transmission requires the following:

1. Body fluids containing high levels of HIV, e.g. blood, semen, and vaginal/rectal secretions,

2. A high-risk activity, e.g. unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse or the sharing of needles,

3. The direct access of the blood into the blood stream, e.g. through the vagina, anus, mucus membranes, or points of needle injection, and

4. A controlled environment, which means no exposure to air. Sites such as the vagina or anus are considered controlled environments where the virus can be transmitted and can grow, whereas tweezers are not (since they are fully exposed to air). HIV is also a human-to-human virus. It cannot be transferred off of any surface or object.

I trust I have addressed your concerns and given you more clarity on HIV transmission. Feel free to refer to our website, http://www.aidsvancouver.org, for more information on HIV and AIDS, or to contact us again.

In good health,

Tiina

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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