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Blood in eye through mosquito
Anon_126579 posted:
On Sunday, I was driving a scooter the other day about 30mph through an area where there were about 20 people standing by. It was a very humid day and a bug got right into my eye under my glasses. I wiped the bug off. I'm pretty sure it was a mosquito bc there have been plenty of those around town due to the humid weather. Am I at risk for HIV since mosquitos carry blood inside them? Why or why not?
Nieciedo responded:
While this a gross and unfun thing to happen, you cannot get HIV from a mosquito.

HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and can only survive in the context of a human body. Blood-consuming parasites like mosquitos, fleas, ticks, lice, leeches, etc. cannot transmit the virus.

If HIV could be transmitted by mosquito, it would follow a completely different contagion pattern, like malaria. It doesn't.

benlac replied to Nieciedo's response:
Hey Dan,

I realize this was posted two years ago, but I'm replying anyways.

A mosquito digests HIV, but surely it can't completely digest the disease immediately upon feeding.

Is there any reason a mosquito couldn't transmit the virus if it fed on someone and then immediately flew into your eye?

I tried to look up if mosquito saliva would kill the virus, but couldn't find any information on it.

georgiagail replied to benlac's response:
No, this is not a risk for HIV transmission.

benlac replied to georgiagail's response:
Hey Gail,

Is it no-risk because the virus is too fragile to transmit in the presence of saliva & stomach fluid?

Do you know the reasoning behind this?

I've read it's no risk but no one seems to state why.


georgiagail replied to benlac's response:
Because there's never been a recorded case of someone becoming infected from a mosquito feeding on a person who carried the virus and then immediately flying into someones eye.

Folks often worry about all sorts of strange scenarios regarding transmission that just never happen.


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