Anonymous
Does it mean that even if HIV blood accidentally enters my mouth, there is still no risk as long as there are no deep gapping cuts in my mouth or cold sores that provide direct access to the bloodstream? Does it mean that if I swallow blood from an infected lipstick, i will still not have HIV as the blood gets into my digestive track?

I shared lipsticks with someone who is HIV positive and he has bleeding lips cause it was dry. I am unsure if there is plenty of blood on the lipstick. If there is some blood on the lipstick, is there any risk of HIV when I apply that lipstick on my lips and then I licked my lips and swallow the lipstick with blood?

Please help me very worried as I am going to get married soon. Can I even get married, and have kids with my husband?
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Anonymous
Hi there! Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions or concerns. We are happy to help!

I understand you're very worried and concerned about the situation you were put in, and a possible risk of acquiring HIV. Let me see if I can clear that up for you!!

The situation you described, no matter the variables, is No Risk and there is 2 reasons for that.

First, like you said, the way you would contact the virus wouldn't provide a direct access to the blood stream, exactly like you described!

Second, even if there was blood on the lipstick, this wouldn't pose a risk since the blood would be exposed to air. Once HIV is exposed to air, it becomes damaged and can no longer be passed on.

I am attaching the HIV transmission equation here: it will help clear up exactly what is required for HIV transmission to even be possible:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
I hope this helped ease your mind! There is nothing to worry about at all, go enjoy your wedding!

Sincerely,

Christina

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