HIV/AIDS and dogs

Here are a couple questions that I get periodically...

My dog licked someone with HIV/AIDS, and they had an open sore. Can my dog get HIV?
Can a dog that bites someone with HIV get infected?
If a dog bites someone with HIV then bites someone else right after, can it spread the virus?

The answers are no, no and it's very, very unlikely.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) does not infect dogs. Regardless of how a dog is exposed, it will not develop an infection. HIV is also a very fragile virus. It does not survive long in the environment and a dog's mouth is not a very hospitable location. It is theoretically possible that if a dog bit someone with HIV and then immediately bit someone else, it could transfer the virus, but this has not ever been identified and is very unlikely. In some countries, the source of all cases of HIV are investigated, and an animal bite has never been implicated as a potential cause.

Bottom line....don't worry about HIV and your pets.

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Worms and Germs Blog - March 20, 2009 1:01 PM
A reader asked this question the other day: "I was walking with my dog, when it got hold of a used condom. Is it possible that my dog got HIV or AIDS or something?" The short answer is NO. Dogs...
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warren - December 14, 2009 11:24 AM

But can the virus survive in the mouth of a dog at all, say even 10 minutes? And if the dog licks say a child with an open wound, can it be transferred?

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