Anonymous
Hello. The other week I was shopping lipstick. The shop's representative cleaned the testers with alcohol and then then told me now it is ok if you want to try it on your lips. I did. The problem was that when I was cleaning the lipstick with the makeup remover and tissue, my lip bled a bit because I had chopped lip that day. I am so worried. Is there any chance of infection in this way?
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions/concerns. We're happy to help!

It's understandable to be concerned in situations like that, but hopefully this answer will help to ease your worries.

This would be a No Risk situation for HIV transmission. There are 2 reasons for this:

1) Any bodily fluids on the surface of the lipstick or makeup remover or tissue (or any inanimate object) would no longer be a risk, because HIV is a delicate virus that cannot survive outside of the body. What this means is that upon exposure to the outside environment, the virus becomes damaged and inactivated, and can no longer be transmitted.

2) the cuts on your lips would not provide direct access to the bloodstream. This is because in order to do so, wounds need to be severe, and by severe we mean gushing blood or needing immediate medical attention such as stitches.

So overall, theres no chance of transmission in this way!

I hope this helped! please check out this page which has great transmission information: http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention/how-you-get-hiv

Sincerely,

Christina

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