Elena Davoyan, a California woman sued Sephora store for being contracted herpes from a lipstick tester used at the store located in Los Angeles back in Oct. 2015.according to the reports, the woman is suing Sephora because it didn’t warn her about the risk of getting herpes after applying the ‘common use’ testers. She said that if she knew she would have ignored the tester like infestation.
The senior associate and infectious-disease specialist Dr. Amesh Adalja from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at Baltimore in Maryland told that it technically possible that one could get virus by lipsticks, but people acquiring infections is not a usual way, while Dr. Adalja doesn’t belong to Elena’s case.
As per the retrieved court documents, Elena wants $25,000 as penalty from Sephora in order to face emotional distress with the ‘incurable lifelong affliction’ along with the claim of intentional infliction, negligence and liability.
Since, World Health Organization added that it is estimated that around 67 per cent people below age of 50 get simplex herpes type 1 virus worldwide.
Westover Heights Clinic in Portland’s founder, clinician and adviser at the American Sexual Health Association, Terri Warren said that the possibilities of the woman getting herpes from a lipstick tester are too slim. Warren said, “I think while it’s remotely possible that this could have happened, it’s extremely unlikely. Just because she got her first cold sore at that time doesn’t mean it’s her first infection. The woman was diagnosed by medical pros and she claims she never had herpes or cold sores before this Sephora visit.”