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  1. #1 AIDS/HIV? 
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    How did the first person who had AIDS/HIV contract or develop it?


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    it originated in apes, but african unting rituals involving the drinking of blood and many other things soon led to a species jump. it then ran through africa, and became a global epidemic when an american woman, visitng the continent had unprotected sex and contracted the disease, she then went back ot america and began the spread there. america benig a modern country had a large amount of travellers in and out, so it got an a plane with one or many of these people and crossed the globe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by vslayer
    it originated in apes, but african unting rituals involving the drinking of blood and many other things soon led to a species jump. it then ran through africa, and became a global epidemic when an american woman, visitng the continent had unprotected sex and contracted the disease, she then went back ot america and began the spread there. america benig a modern country had a large amount of travellers in and out, so it got an a plane with one or many of these people and crossed the globe.
    Yes, but how did the apes get it? Create it? The thing that's always bugged me is that people always say you can't get aids unless you get it from someone else.

    Well, then how did it get started? Without a person to give it someone??
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    the origins of SIV ar currently unknown as far as i know. but the furthest back they traced it led to chimpanzees. and the earliest known human case was in the congo in 1959
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    Im no expert, but isnt it impossible for a virus to jump from one species to another, based on the specific host for each virus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultrashogun
    Im no expert, but isnt it impossible for a virus to jump from one species to another, based on the specific host for each virus?
    Well, since virus's change the dna of its host and chips' dna are supposed 99.9% similar to us, I guess it's logical to assume that the jump to our species was no biological miracle. If our cells share protein receptor sites that HIV attaches itself to with the monkeys/apes that have the virus, then I guess it was pretty easy for it to transfer.
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    The origin of AIDS and HIV has puzzled scientists ever since the illness first came to light in the early 1980s. For over twenty years it has been the subject of fierce debate and the cause of countless arguments, with everything from a promiscuous flight attendant to a suspect vaccine programme being blamed. So what it the truth? Just where did AIDS come from?

    The first recognised cases of AIDS occurred in the USA in the early 1980s (more about this period can be found on our history page). A number of gay men in New York and San Francisco suddenly began to develop rare opportunistic infections and cancers that seemed stubbornly resistant to any treatment. At this time, AIDS did not yet have a name, but it quickly became obvious that all the men were suffering from a common syndrome. The discovery of HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus that causes AIDS was made soon after. While some were initially resistant to the connection (and indeed remain so today), there is now clear evidence to prove that HIV does cause AIDS. So, in order to find the source of AIDS, it is necessary to look for the origin of HIV, and find out How, When and Where HIV first began to cause disease in humans.
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    so absicallly aid made a species jump and then crossed the globe into and epidemic...
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    Many of humanity's diseases have their origins in other species. The reason why many cultures that came into contact with Europeans had no anti-bodies for things like small pox is that they didnt't develop them. They didn't develop them because they didn't have the domesticated animals in, say, Mesoamerica or Peru that were present in Europe.

    Europeans had long since contracted the diseases from their livestock, developed the antibodies, and moved on. Cultures like the Inca or Aztec were devastated by pox.

    In today's society, the diseases that make the jump from one species to the next include Ebola and SARS as well as several types of flu. There's particular concern with SARS and flus because of the nature of the diseases: they can take long periods from infection to point that the carrier is effected. This allows time for the carrier of the infection to board planes and travel to the Western world from periphery nations where such diseases appear to originate (though not all).

    Particularly devestating diseases like Ebola don't threaten the West nearly as much as less devestating diseases because a disease like Ebola will often dibilitate those infected within a day or so. Within a week, the infected person is often dead. The disease is highly contagious, and must be in order to spread, but it is far more easily detected and keeps those infected from wanting to travel anywhere accept medical care.
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    Can HIV be eradicated from this world?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vslayer
    it ...became a global epidemic when an american woman, visitng the continent had unprotected sex and contracted the disease, she then went back ot america and began the spread there. america benig a modern country had a large amount of travellers in and out, so it got an a plane with one or many of these people and crossed the globe.
    Actually HIV was spread out of Africa by a gay male flight attendant, Gaetan Dugas ("Patient Zero"), who contracted the first disease symptoms in 1980, and died of AIDS in 1984. He told interviewees before his death that he had an estimated 250 sexual contacts/year over the decade prior to his death. This is quite well documented in the scientific literature and in the book/movie And a Band Plays On.

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    The first person was someone that had sex with a monkey
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    Quote Originally Posted by barunpaudel
    Can HIV be eradicated from this world?
    Yes. Any disease can likely be eradicated if enough resources are applied with sufficient commitment.
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    That is a mystery.I was making a reserach and came across this link: http://support007.com/find.php?value=AIDS%2FHIV

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    That topic of debate has interested me for a long time.
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