Feb 26, 2014
Can items such as soap and makeup that is not sealed in a store be contaminated with aids if someone opened them and put blood,semen, etc in the product? Could this infect you? I have become paranoid about things that are not sealed and are able to be opened in the stores. Is this a legitimate worry?
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi This is not a way for HIV transmission to occur. HIV once it leaves the body it begins to die and becomes unable to infect. HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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