HIVs origin


Have you ever thought where AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) originated. I used to believe that we got it from chimps. I bumped into one story back in my elementary years about this man who got it from the chimps but it got a bit distorted, i.e., it said that the man had sex with the chimp (so, was it Prince???!!!) and then had sex with another mate and eventually spread it.

Well, that’s a bit close but here’s the official story and they conclude that HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus–the virus that causes AIDS) came from chimps.

Researchers led by Beatrice Hahn (University of Alabama), Paul Sharp (University of Nottingham) and Marine Peeters (University of Montpellier) have confirmed that the HIV really did came from “wild chimipanzees, in a corner of Cameroon,” this is according to an article from WellcomeScience

It said that the chimp version of HIV, simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), was long considered as the source of HIV. Their research led them to analyze feces of chimps in Southern Cameroon and traces of the antibodies were found.

So, officially, here is how the HIV origin story goes, according to WellcomeScience based on the Researchers’ article:

AIDS epidemic started when a bushmeat hunder in west central Africa was bitten by a chiimp or was cut while butchering one. That person passed it on to someone else, and eventually the virus made itself to the city of Kinshasa, where the epidemic took off.

-HIV mystery solved, WellcomeScience, November 2006, page 3

Reminds you of the movie, Outbreak, ha?!

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