HIV history

It was in Atlanta city in the United States of America that doctors first discovered people with symptoms of HIV in 1980. These were young (29-36   years old) drug addicts and homosexuals. Nearly all of them were found to be having lung disease “Pneumocystis pneumonia” and “Kaposi's sarcoma”. Usually such diseases develop in weak patients, chronically ill people or people taking medications that weaken the immune system. However, in these cases, were found predominantly HIV symptoms in men who were young, strong and healthy. Despite the intensive treatment, the mortality rate proved out to be very high.


By 1981, more than 20 countries had already reported to the WHO of epidemic, and later of pandemic of AIDS in their countries. This is why 1981 is considered to be the year of discovery of this incurable disease. The human immunodeficiency virus, however, was itself isolated from the lymph node of an AIDS patient in 1983.


It was conjectured that the immunodeficiency virus had existed for a long time, but could not be spread because of the isolation of human settlements and little contact between them. By the second half of the XX century, the world had changed; the opportunity of travelling was greatly facilitated, there was an increase in migration of people, the "sexual revolution" took place, and the number of drug addicts also increased. Basically, it had become easier to live, life had become merrier! Therefore, there was an abrupt rise in the number of contacts between young people. Earlier, people with symptoms of HIV infection had a lesser chance of spreading the virus to others, but this started happening now.
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The HIV history can be put together using various documents. However, there are many different versions regarding the place of origin of the AIDS virus. Some believe it was America, others say it was Africa, while some think it was Haiti.
There has been speculation that the virus was transmitted to man by green monkeys, who themselves do not suffer from AIDS, and are only carriers of the virus. Transmission of virus could have occurred while cutting the meat of the animal provided that there were scratches or cuts on the person’s hands.


Nevertheless, interesting facts about the HIV history do not end there.
After it was well established that one of the most effective ways of HIV transmission is through the blood, the Americans checked all of the blood contained in the blood banks of the Center for Disease Control in the USA. They found antibodies against HIV in one of the samples that was derived from an African donor in 1959!

Infected blood was also found in samples taken in the early 70s of the last century, i.e. 10 years before the official discovery of HIV and AIDS.


There is another “terrible version” of the origin of HIV that is prevalent nowadays:
Scientists at a secret laboratory in the Pentagon used the techniques of genetic engineering to develop a virus that weakens the human immune system. They used hybridization to combine fragments of two different viruses that caused malignant diseases of the blood (in humans) and damaged the nervous system of animals (sheep). According to this version, a few men who had symptoms of HIV infection happened to be outside the labs during the trials on human volunteers (those serving life sentences). And that is how the AIDS virus started to spread in the United States of America.


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Do not forget to be skeptical of information on the Internet that relates to the "history of HIV", "hypothesis of the origin of AIDS" and "cure for people with symptoms of HIV infection"
It is advisable to trust only the results of clinical studies and medical records.