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Can fleas transfer HIV?

I was wondering if fleas could transfer HIV/AIDS because they both seem to be viruses that thrive off of blood.

I don't think so. I've wondered the same thing about mosquitos and read once that they cannot. So I'm guessing it's the same for fleas. Scary thought though.

I found this online on an AIDS site, according to the gov, they cannot.

That is a very good question! I don't know for sure, but I doubt it 'cause if they could, we'd have heard about it a long time ago. I imagine the virus is killed somehow when it enters the flea.

no they cannot transfer HIV/AIDS to a human being. the amount of blood that they consume is very little that it wont even phase us if we are bitten.


Fleas would fall into the same category as Mosquito's. We use to think that Mosquito's would carry HIV from one person to another but it doesn't happen, the same thing would be the rational behind fleas or any other insect that "bites" or draws blood.

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