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12/08/2006 11:24 AM ID: 58839 Permalink   

Malaria Aids the Spread of AIDS


Africa: A vicious cycle of infection is being fueled by malaria, causing the spread of AIDS. It works by boosting the HIV in people's bodies, and then in turn as the people are weakened by HIV, they become more susceptible to malaria.

The University of Washington researchers estimate that these overlapping infections can be blamed for thousands of HIV infections and nearly one million bouts of malaria over 20 years in one part of Kenya alone.

"Anti-malaria programs assume greater importance when you realize that you are impacting on two diseases," stated Dr Fauci of the National Institute of Health. Scientists have long suspected that the two diseases fuel each other.

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  But can mosquitoes spread HIV???  
Something I've wondered for quite a while but haven't been able to find a definite answer for…
If not, why not? What if you smack the mosquito and squish the blood (from its stomach, from a previous feeding on an infected person) on an open wound?
  by: Titus8005   12/08/2006 01:09 PM     
The media (such as tabloids) has been quick to push that mosquitos are capable of transfering HIV/AIDS. Especially in the early stages of its discovery. These claims, for the most part, have been deemed as false by a large majority of the public.

Without me going into much detail...
There are a few reasons why:

1. Mosquitoes Digest HIV

2. Mosquitoes simply do not ingest enough particles of the HIV virus

3. Mosquitos dont have the storage protection of Hypodermic Needles

There are also a couple scenerios that would contest this, stating that a mosquito could in fact transfer the disease.

1. The mosquito would have to ingest the virus from an HIV positive individual. Then the virus would have to survive in the salvory glands of the mosquito. The second meal would then have to be on an HIV negative person, thus potentially transfering the disease.

2. The mosquito would have to be interrupted from its meal on an HIV positive host, and then finish its meal on an HIV negative host.

Hope that answers your question.
  by: m.i.a.elite     12/08/2006 03:41 PM     
  @titus 2  
As for smacking the mosquito, an HIV negative host is about 99.9% less likely to get the disease. As it is an accepted theory that the virus cannot survive in open-air.
  by: m.i.a.elite     12/08/2006 03:44 PM     
  titus is harder to get than that
  by: DarkAngelJG     12/09/2006 02:41 AM     
Wow. Good reply to a question asked all too often!
  by: theironboard     12/09/2006 12:21 PM     
  Double Bummer!  
First you have AIDS, and then you get malaria!? That has to be some bad luck!
  by: Bob Shinoski   12/11/2006 04:28 AM     
I have always wondered thank you.

On the dim side of me I wonder could this change through the course of time? As in bird flu for example.
  by: captainJane     12/12/2006 04:45 PM     
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