Laura G. Danford (rth1lgd@RTH10.MED.NAVY.MIL)
Mon, 6 Oct 1997 09:26:10 -0500
Mosquitoes don't carry the HIV/AIDS virus. Aids is caused by a virus that is
not spread by insects. As of June 1994, there were no documented cases of
the virus being transmitted by an insect. Most cases of HIV infection,
including AIDS, are found in men and women between the ages of 20 and 50.
However, mosquitoes and insects attack people of all ages, including older
people and school-aged children. If mosquitoes or other insects could
transmit HIV, a larger number of older people and young children would have
become infected. This did not happen in Belle Glade, Florida, where
researchers studied the question of transmission by mosquitoes, nor has it
happened elsewhere. Also, how would a mosquito infect someone? It would
first have to bite an infected person. Then the mosquito would have to do
one of two things:
Immediately travel to someone else and infect that person from tiny drops of
infected blood left on the stinger.
Process the virus in its saliva and inject it into th next person.
Mosquitoes do neither of these things. They do not travel from one person
to the next. They do not carrry enough blood on their suckers to infect
anyone else they bite. And they do not process the virus in their saliva.
Once inside a mosquitoe, the virus lives for only ashort time. THus, the
saliva mosquitoes inject into people cannot have HIV. The same inability to
transmit HIV holds true for other sucking or biting insects. Insect bites
do not spread HIV.
Sources: CDC HIV/Aids Surveillance Report 1994, JAMA 1988 vol 259, no 9,
Office of Technology Assessment, Miike, Sept 97, CDC June 4-9, 1989. Or see
the American Red Cross HIV/AIDS Facts Book Page 63 dated JAN 1995.
Bottom line here, we could go on forever, call the Red Cross, they have all
kinds of free information or hit the NET,
TAC, MED District
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