[Question #6460] Deodorant stick sharing

13 months ago
Good morning and happy new year!

I have a question about sharing deodorant sticks, searched the whole internet and your forum, couldn’t find anything.

My girlfriend’s friend, a gay guy, told me that my girlfriend used his deodorant stick while on vacation together. Is there any HIV risk from this situation? I asked my gf and she said she checked the deodorant before applying. Is there any possibility for any minimal traces of his blood from recent shaving to remain on the deodorant stick and be passed on to my gf, if she had any cuts from recent shaving as well?

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
13 months ago

Welcome to the Forum and thanks for your question.  HIV is not transmitted on inanimate objects, including deodorant sticks.  The virus is very susceptible and becomes non-infectious virtually immediately upon exposure to room temperature and the environment outside of the body.  Even if she had small cuts, there would be no risk from sharing a deodorant.

Hope this helps.  Happy New Year.  EWH

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13 months ago
Thanks so much for the quick reply. So hypothetically, even with some little blood traces from him on the deodorant stick that come in contact with small cuts on my gf’s underarm, no risk, correct?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
13 months ago

Correct- even hypothetically, no risk.

further, just to put things in perspective, I note that you do not say this fellow has HIV.  Please remember that fewer than one in 12 men with other men as sex partners have HIV and, among those who have HIV, many are on therapy which makes them totally non-infectious for others.  EWH

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13 months ago
I don’t think he has HIV but you never know, thanks for the information though.
One  last confirmation, your no risk assessment stands even if 1) he is not on therapy and 2) my gf used his deodorant stick right after he did, correct?

Thanks so much for all the information, hopefully other that have the same question will find this useful. All the best
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
13 months ago
Correct.  No risk even if he has HIV and is not on therapy. 

This ends this thread.  No risk, no need for testing, no concern.  EWH
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