Q. What are the chances of HIV transmission through mosquitoes?

Answered by
Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Aug 10, 2017

Hello doctor,

Regarding the transmission of HIV by mosquitoes, I have following query. I know the virus does not survive in insects, but what if some mosquito bites a very high viral load HIV-infected person and then bites an uninfected person on his wound, who crushes it on his wound. If the above situation happens at three or four places on his body simultaneously by an HIV-infected mosquito, what is the possibility of HIV transmission by this method?

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

HIV/AIDS Specialist
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

It is good that you have an interest in HIV transmission.

  • If there had been HIV transmission from mosquito bites, you could have imagined the situation on our planet earth. Unlike other mosquito-borne diseases, HIV is unable to replicate in the gut of the mosquito, so it's life cycle breaks down.
  • Research has shown low infectivity and short survival of HIV in mosquitoes.

Hope your query is answered, but if you have any other question, please do not hesitate to ask or call anytime.

For more information consult an HIV AIDS specialist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/HIV-AIDS-specialist

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