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is mosquito saliva hypotonic to plasma? HIV concern?

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is mosquito saliva hypotonic to plasma? HIV concern?

Postby blacrooy » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:38 am

Hey there,

I was wondering if anyone knew whether mosquito saliva was hypotonic to plasma?

The reason I ask, is that I got a mosquito in my eye recently and I'm a little concerned about HIV. If the mosquito had just fed on an HIV positive individual, and then gotten into my eye (which is a documented method of transmission), could I potentially be infected?
I know that human saliva is hypotonic to plasma, which effectively prevents any transmission of HIV. I'm just wondering if mosquito saliva would be the same?

One Doctor said that you couldn't get HIV in this method, but didn't back it up with any scientific reasoning. Is there something in mosquito saliva that would kill HIV?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I realize it's very unlikely, but I want to know if I can put this to rest or if it warrants testing.

Thanks,
-Ben
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