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P N G Med J. 1996 Sep;39(3):205-7.

Can mosquitoes transmit AIDS?

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  • 1Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, Madang, Papua New Guinea.


Surveys to determine knowledge regarding AIDS have shown in many countries, including Papua New Guinea, that a large proportion of the literate population still mistakenly believe that mosquitoes can transmit the AIDS virus from one person to another. In this paper we review the theoretical mechanisms which would allow blood-sucking insects such as mosquitoes to transmit virus and discuss the evidence against transmission of HIV by mosquitoes. AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease with no scientific evidence for arthropod transmission.

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