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HIV from mosquito bite

Question: 

last day I was at a gym near my area. there were 15 men in the gym at that time. a mosquito bit me there and I tried to drive it away accidentally it was smashed and lot of blood came out from it. I think it was someone else blood in it. Can I get hiv from that. I didnt have any open sores on my skin But what about the hole that mosquito created on my skin while biting me. Can Blood(mosquito previously drawn blood from another man) go in that hole to my blood stream.?pls help

Answer: 

Hello and thank you for your inquiry.

I understand that you are asking if there is a risk of acquiring HIV from a mosquito bite.

The answer is no, the HIV virus is not carried or spread by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not vectors for HIV. (vector: an organism, typically a biting insect or tick, that transmits a disease or parasite from one animal or plant to another)

  • The mosquito's blood-sucking mechanism ensures that only saliva is injected into humans when a mosquito bites and thus HIV positive blood that a mosquito may have previously ingested is never transmitted to other humans.
  • The HIV virus gets digested in the mosquito's gut (1)

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Dyson