Insect-Borne Transmission of AIDS-Reply

D. Peter Drotman, MD, MPH
JAMA. 1986;255(4):464. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370040033009.
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In Reply.—  I am pleased that Dr Blaser agrees with me that mosquitoes do not play a significant role in transmitting AIDS in the United States.1 Some routes of AIDS transmission have been suggested that are clearly not supported by scientific evidence. Our society is depending on physicians to speak out on this subject and related subjects, because there is great fear of AIDS and because many seem willing to adopt nonproductive strategies of control in the name of public health. Although we physicians may be frustrated in our current inability to treat AIDS definitively, we can educate and comfort those whose chief concern is that of theoretical exposure.Dr Blaser suggests that mosquitoes or other vectors may play a role in transmitting HTLV-III/lymphadenopathy-associated virus (LAV) in the tropics. Each of the published references Dr Blaser cites (other than his own letter) either does not mention arthropod transmission or


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