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houseflies, curious

Sep 4, 2007

Hi Doctor, I know that mosquitoes and biting insects don't spread HIV, but how about regular flies that keep moving about. I was recently at a party, and had a small abrasion on my leg, with fresh blood. There were flies buzzing around, and I noticed one may have landed briefly on my abrasion. I have read on this web site, and on the CDC site, that mosquitoes and biting insects don't spread HIV, but what about a fly that may have been on a HIV positive persons wound, then flies and lands on another? Has this ever been studied, should I be concerned? Thanks for your input.

Response from Dr. Frascino


So you "know" that mosquitoes and biting insects do not spread HIV!!! Great! Finally that QTND (question that never dies) appears to be, in Cheney's words, "in its last throes." So now your question is whether regular houseflies transmit HIV/AIDS!?!?!?!?!?! ARGHHHHHH! Pardon me a moment while I bang my head repeatedly into the keyboard of my computer with frustrated amazement and monumental incredulity.

There . . . I feel better . . . . Now, as soon as I put on my relaxation tapes, take 10 deep cleansing yoga relaxation breaths, spend several hours in anti-stress transcendental medication bliss and wait for my extra-strength Valium to kick in, I'll be able to respond to your question.

Dr. Bob

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