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Can You Get Herpes From Sharing Lipstick
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
Unlikely: In theory, since HIV can be found in saliva of infected individuals, sharing lipstick could transfer virus. However this would be a highly inefficient way to transfer enough virus to cause an infection in the second user of the lipstick and is most unlikely to actually happen. Still it would be prudent to not share lipstick. ...Read more
Unlikely: Many think sharing cosmetics is not a good idea. Certainly if the person from whom you are sharing has active herpes on their face or lips, then you should not do this. However you undoubtedly have already been exposed in the past to herpes and as long as your lip and facial skin is intact, there is almost no risk. ...Read more
Very unlikely: Common sense says not to share razors, to prevent skin infections as well as blood borne infections like HIV and hepatitis B and C. However, it is a theoretical transmission mechanism that has never been reported as the actual source of somone's HIV infection. Don't share razors (except maybe your own mutually monogamous sex partner), but don't worry if it happens once or twice by accident. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: This would be very uncommon. If one person had active herpetic lesions, took off their underwear and you put them on immediately it is conceivable that it would be communicated in this manner. ...Read more
Very low risk: This is one of those theoretical risks, often listed in health advice about herpes. But in my 40+ years in the STD and infectious diseases business, I've never heard of a case where this actually happened. Razors should never be shared, but the risk of any infection is quite low. ...Read more
Syphilis is caused : By a bacterium called treponema pallidum. It is not spread by smoking a cigarette someone else has used or using the same eating utensils. Syphilis is spread when broken skin or mucus membranes come in contact with sores that contain the bacteria. Sores can be found in the vagina, anus, rectum ; external genitalia. There can be sores on the lips ; mouth. Infrequently kissing can lead to infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease and lives only (for practical purposes) in the genitourinary tract often causing symptoms but occasionally reading there asymptomatically in carrier individuals. If you have had unprotected intercourse you should be checked for pregnancy and stds including gonorrhea, chlamydia and hiv. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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