You don't get AIDS, you get HIV from infected needles. As HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, it is specific to Humans. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is basically an advanced stage of HIV. EIther way, because it's a virus that targets human cells, as far as anyone knows, dogs can't get it. In fact, there is no retroviral immuno deficiency known to exist in dogs at all. Cats have the Feline IMmunodeficiency virus, but the viruses are completely unrelated and there's no known cross-species barrier infections of eithe FIV or HIV.
Speaking of this....this is sort of on the topic. My crazy mother-in-law once said that she thought that the AIDS virus could be spread by mosquitos. She didn't hear this from anyone, just thought of it on her own and thinks that the doctors just keep it a secret because they don't want to scare people! Please correct me if I'm wrong, but to me that would mean that the AIDS virus would have to survive being in the mosquito....so this logic wouldn't make any sense. She got this crazy idea one day when I was telling her how heartworms are spread. Anyway, just thought I'd throw that out there!
Mosquitos spread West Nile without dying from it, right? Way back when AIDS became an issue, the Drs. said it could not be spread by casual contact. Bull! Now they admit saliva, tears in an open sore can be all it takes.
Very interesting website. That is exactly what I had been thinking...not as technical as the article, but I didn't think that the AIDS virus could survive being inside the mosquito. Anyway, thanks for the info. I've always known my mother-in-law to be a little loony sometimes!