Scientific Reasons Why Mosquitoes Don’t Transmit HIV

Scientific Reasons Why Mosquitoes Don’t Transmit HIV

We are all aware that mosquitoes cannot transmit HIV in any way but do you know the reasons why it is impossible to get HIV through mosquito bites?

From a biological standpoint, there are a few  factors that shed more light on the situation.

The HIV virus gets digested in the mosquito’s gut

Unlike the famed viruses that cause malaria and dengue fever, HIV cannot reproduce in a mosquito’s gut and is thus digested in the gut.

After entering the human body, the HIV virus attaches to T cells and begins rapidly multiplying. There are no cells on which mosquitoes can bind. The virus is totally digested by the mosquito’s digestive system instead. Mosquitoes also lack the receptor areas that HIV employs to infect immune cells.

Mosquitoes’ feeding mechanism

Snout is a component of a mosquito that resembles a needle. There are six mouthparts in total. Four of them are used to pierce the person’s skin. The remaining two portions, on the other hand, are distinguished by two tubes.

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One tube is used to suckle blood from humans, while the other is used to inject saliva into the bite. Considering this, only the saliva, not the blood, enters the body. According to Cameron White, MD, MPH, an infectious disease specialist, saliva is one of the fluids that does not carry the HIV virus, making it very difficult to contract HIV via mosquitos.

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