Does HIV spread by Mosquito bite?
27 Oct 06
Yes I was also shocked by knowing that. First i did not believe it but when it was stated by WHO then I had to believe it. No when mosquito dips it probasis and sucks the blood, outer region of the probasis comes into contact with the bacteria or virus present in the blood, which is responsible for the spread of plasmodium protozoan(malaria parasite) and dengue. I never heard about HIV spreading but this is the first time. This was telecasted in the news of many channels.
• United States
26 Oct 06
No. Unless there has actually been a study showing otherwise. I would expect that there would be a whole lot more infected if it was spread by the Mosquito. If it was spread that way do you not think you would have heard about it by now? I mean it has been over 20 years now.
26 Oct 06
Yes, you are right. First I also had few doubts about it. HIV virus can prevail in the human body conditions, when its exposed to the atmospheric conditions, it cannot survive. This was declared by WHO recently and it was a hot topic in the media. You know what researchers are telling? since HIV can survive in hot conditions they claim that mosquito also has hot blood. When the mosquito sucks the blood of a HIV infected person HIV will enter into mosquito, when this infected mosquito bites a normal person there are few chances of getting infected if his immune system is poor. Yes as said by you its still dubious. Anyhow we got to be very cautious now a days. Thanks
27 Oct 06
So is the World Health Organization still "out" on this one, or are they suggesting that the risk is very low, if not negligible? I know that the HIV virus can live outside the human body (say, in a drain) for a number of hours, but perhaps the physiology of a misquito is not condusive to its survival for more than a few minutes, etc.? Regardless, with West Nile Virus and Maleria, we need to protect ourselves from the little buggers PERIOD.
2 Nov 06
No u are wrong. When Plasmodium is the protozoan of mosquito why human is getting malaria. Here mosquito will be just actin g as a carrier. Mosquito has no role with the parasite but it will act as a barrier between humans and protozoa. This was declared by WHO, announced in many news channels.