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A 18-year-old female asked:

Isit possible to get hiv from head lice? (if they had infected blood in them).

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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Never documented: While we often like to say in medicine, never say never, parasitic transfer of HIV, has not been documented. I believe it is the minuscule amount of blood that can be transmitted through a parasite like lice, that would make transfer of virus to a normal host unlikely. Get rid of the lice by the way and feel better!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Lice: have never been shown to transmit HIV.

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Last updated Nov 3, 2018

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