How Did HIV Become? Investigating the Origins

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In summary, HIV is a virus that is transmitted through bodily fluids from an HIV positive person. It first appeared in humans by breaking the species barrier from monkeys, possibly in the 1950s. The virus is believed to have mutated from a similar virus found in primates, and most likely became deadly when it entered a new species, such as humans. Some Christians believe HIV is a punishment for homosexuality, but this theory is not supported by scientific evidence.
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If HIV is only transmitted through the fluids that are from an HIV positive person, HOW DID IT FIRST START?

Did it break the "spieces" barrier by going from monkeys to humans?

If so, how did the monkeys get it? (doesn't it mimic the same human symptoms).
 
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Let's tackle the deeper question:

what is the detailed history of the universe from its beginning?


There are many unanswered questions in science, one of the jobs of researchers is to try, to the best of their ability, to provide answers to some of those questions.

As for your specific question, the consensus is that yes, indeed, HIV was first transmitted to humans to monkeys (possibly in the 1950's).
As for how fHIV first made its appearance, one presumes that a proto-HIV virus mutated into the HIV-virus (date uncertain).
 
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Simian immunodeficiency viruses are similar to HIV and infect many primate species. HIV probably arose from one of those and broke the species barrier at some point. The interesting thing is that most of these viruses don't cause disease in their hosts. This probably means that the virus and the host have coevolved for a very long time, and the host has developed a tolerance for the virus while the virus has become less virulent. It's just when they break into a new species, like humans, that they become deadly.
 
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Well according to many Christians I've met.. God wanted to punish homosexuals.

Somehow I think they may be wrong.


Its mutated SIV.
 

Related to How Did HIV Become? Investigating the Origins

1. What is HIV?

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks and weakens the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to infections and diseases. It is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).

2. How did HIV originate?

The exact origins of HIV are still a topic of debate, but it is believed to have originated from a virus called SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus) found in chimpanzees in West Africa. The virus likely jumped from primates to humans through the consumption or handling of infected bushmeat.

3. When was HIV first discovered?

HIV was first identified in the early 1980s when a group of previously healthy individuals in the United States began developing rare and aggressive infections. This led to the discovery of the virus and the recognition of AIDS as a new disease.

4. How has HIV evolved over time?

Since its initial identification, HIV has evolved into two main types: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is the most common and virulent type, while HIV-2 is less infectious and primarily found in West Africa. The virus has also mutated and developed resistance to some antiretroviral drugs, making treatment more challenging.

5. What efforts are being made to investigate the origins of HIV?

Scientists are conducting ongoing research to better understand the origins of HIV and how the virus has evolved over time. This includes studying the genetic makeup of the virus and its connections to other viruses found in primates. Additionally, efforts are being made to prevent the transmission of HIV from primates to humans and to develop effective treatments and vaccines.

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