Why Mosquitoes and Other Arthropods Cannot Transmit HIV
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the etiologic agent of AIDS, is an enveloped, positive-stranded RNA retrovirus first recognized as a public health threat in the early 1980s. Because HIV is a blood-borne pathogen, concerns have been raised about its possible transmission by blood-feeding arthropods. This chapter explores the possibility of HIV transmission by mosquitoes.
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