Can we catch a herpes with a lipstick?
The customer of a Sephora store in the United States lodged a complaint against the brand, which claims to have contracted the herpes virus on a tester.
According to World Health Organization ( WHO ) 3.7 billion people under the age of 50, or 67 per cent, worldwide are infected with the oral herpes virus. This virus is transmitted by contact with the oral mucosa and causes the famous " cold sore" on the lips. Despite the fact that the majority of people carry the virus, an American woman has decided to attack the chain of Sephora cosmetics stores in court, considering having contracted herpes using a lipstick tester.
The facts date back to October 2015, reports the NBC, and the infection has been confirmed by medical professionals. The complainant claims that she had never suffered from herpes before visiting Sephora, and she asks to be reimbursed for her "emotional distress". It also believes that the brand should warn its customers of the risks involved when trying the beauty products available to them.
Many health professionals have testified that, yes, it is possible to transmit the herpes virus via a lipstick, but under certain conditions. The infected person must have tested the lipstick for a few seconds before the complainant uses it, explains the website Live Science. But most remember that it is very likely that the disease was already present before this event, without manifesting itself.
The cosmetics chain has not commented on these claims for the moment.
"Sephora should perhaps remind customers of the importance of good hygiene when using testers and samples, but we are not supposed to need them,"says Popular Science. Many people have the habit of spreading the lipstick on the hand, or to put the tip on a handkerchief.
"If you test these products directly from the container shared by all customers of the store, herpes is the last of your problems!"