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HIV Outbreak Began Decades Earlier Than Thought

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posted on Oct, 1 2008 @ 09:32 PM
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HIV Outbreak Began Decades Earlier Than Thought


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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The most pervasive global strain of HIV began spreading in humans around 1900 in sub-Saharan Africa, a new study claims.

The research, which is published in the current issue of Nature, found that HIV began spreading between 1884 and 1924, around the same time urban centers in west central Africa were established. This estimated time of origin is decades earlier than the previous estimate of 1930.

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posted on Oct, 1 2008 @ 09:32 PM
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Its interesting to see how far back this goes. If indeed the virus first made its appearance in 1900 one has to wonder how many death this virus is truly responsable for. It would also be inteesting to map how much the virus has changed in its various strains from its inital incarnation. If the intial or source virus could be isolated it may be benificial in helping develop either a vaccine or an antiviral agent.

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posted on Oct, 1 2008 @ 09:36 PM
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I'd be exteremely interested to see a comparison of the oldest strains of the AIDS virus, if they exist, and the current ones.

There would be some mutation, just by its nature, but to see howmuch and in what ways would be extremely enlightening.

I imagine it would be a huge step in the way of creating a vaccine for this and many other viruses.

Not to mention might put the government-created AIds virus theories to rest.



posted on Oct, 1 2008 @ 09:58 PM
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Yeah it kind of puts a dent intot he CIA created theory. Its too old for even the OSS at this point



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