A new evolutionary genetic study at the University of Arizona in Tucson confirms theories that HIV and AIDS started in New York City around 1970 and it also clears the name of the alleged culprit who was a gay flight attendant and who has been vilified as “Patient 0.” The research was done using frozen blood taken from patients years before HIV and AIDS was recognized. They then extracted genetic material and analyzed it.
According to this newest research AIDS was circulating widely during the 1970s and way BEFORE people took notice of the so-called “gay plague” in NYC in the 1980s. Researchers now believe AIDS entered the USA around 1970 or 1971 according to researcher Michael Worobey of the U of A in Tucson, Arizona an expert in the evolution of viruses.
HIV apparently had spread to a large number of people before AIDS was noticed and the new study also suggests HIV spread from NYC to San Francisco around 1976. NYC acted as a first hub for the disease. The study also confirms widespread theories that HIV first jumped from apes in Africa to humans in Africa around the beginning of the 20th century circulating in Central Africa before spreading to the Caribbean in the 1960s.
The genetic evidence obtained from this study gives support to the theory that the disease spread from the Caribbean via Haiti to NYC in about 1970. From there it not only spread to San Francisco and the West Coast of the US but also to Europe, Australia, and into Asia. Today more than 36 million people are infected by the disease worldwide and 2 million more are infected every year. It killed more than 1 million people last year alone.
HIV attacks the body’s immune system and gradually destroys it. It takes about 10 years for untreated and undiagnosed patients to even realize something is wrong and many only notice such when they develop AIDS defining illnesses like Kaposi’s Sarcoma which is a rare cancer while others develop pneumonia or succumb to TB. Men, women, and children are affected by this disease and it is passed on to newborns by infected mothers. Among drug users the disease spread like wildfire due to use of infected needles.
Worobey said that in NYC the virus found a population (gay men) “that was like dry tinder” and thus became epidemic. Although there is no cure for the virus disease there are more than two dozen medications that can help keep infected people somewhat healthy and prevent infections. Recently a new vaccine was developed that has high hopes and it is due to be tested in South Africa during clinical trials.
Since AIDS spread from African Apes to humans to begin with that means AIDS in a “zoonosis.” That means it’s an infectious disease that started out in animals (in this case African apes) and spread to humans in Africa. Most zoonosis diseases are naturally spread from animal to human btw. Zoonosis diseases also include the Ebola virus, salmonellosis, and influenza. A range of pathogens are known as transmitters such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Fact is MOST human diseases originated with animals! Rabies is another disease in this category.
Air, bites, and saliva can also spread these diseases or they can be spread to humans via intermediate species who carry the disease but themselves are not infected with it. In contrast, when humans infect animals it’s known as “reverse zoonosis” or “Anthroponosis.”
In conclusion and to BLOW AWAY a rather popular myth circulating for decades now, this new study does NOT support the notion that AIDS/HIV began with humans having sex with apes! That remains a MYTH and as far as we know is UNTRUE.