Do mosquitoes carry AIDS?

No evidence to support that likelihood exists. If Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected blood is taken by a mosquito, the virus is digested (killed) inside the body of the mosquito. If a mosquito takes a partial HIV-infected blood meal from a person and then immediately feeds on an uninfected person, there would not be enough HIV particles present to transmit the disease. In fact, it is highly unlikely (1 in 10 million chance) there would even be a single unit of HIV present. Finally, for a mosquito to be able to carry AIDS, the disease would need to pass from the gut of the mosquito to the salivary glands where it would later be injected into the next host. This is quite a long and extensive process even with diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitoes (like encephalitis).

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1. What if I don’t want my property treated or sprayed?
2. Are mosquitoes attracted to some people more than others?
3. What purposes do mosquitoes serve?
4. What diseases do mosquitoes carry?
5. Do mosquitoes carry AIDS?
6. Are the chemicals harmful to people or pets?
7. Will DEET hurt children?
8. What is the best personal repellent?
9. How can one type of insect be controlled without hurting other insects or wildlife?
10. What is the best way to control mosquitoes?
11. How effective is the spray?
12. Why can't mosquito control programs spray during the day?
13. How do districts decide where to spray?
14. How long does the mosquito spray last?
15. What does Mosquito Control do and why?
16. How safe are the pesticides being used?
17. When do you spray?
18. Is it true that only certain mosquitoes bite and/or transmit disease?
19. Can I as a homeowner make a difference in the mosquito population in my area?
20. Can I spray my yard myself?
21. Why is it so important that I inspect my yard when ditches and woodland surround me?
22. When are the Commission Meetings held?