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Well hello, we meet again. No, it's not a death sentence, and it's vital that anyone who does get infected know that life is not over and most likely these days they will not die a horrible death. You need to get educated about facts. The combination meds of RTIs and Protease Inhibitors have allowed many people to live normal lives in many cases. This doesn't mean there's a cure, and it doesn't mean anyone should stop precaution's, but it is not the death sentence it was 20 years ago. Statements like yours spread ignorance and fear. Thanks--great to see you again!

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The most widely accepted theory about where HIV came from is that it came from moneys infected with SIV, and when those moneys were eaten by humans, it crossed species and became HIV.

If you want a pretty accurate history of HIV in the USA read the book "And The Band Played On" or at least watch the movie. Both are excellent, but the movie leaves out a lot that's in the book.

The first known case in the USA was in 1967 where a 15 year old boy presented at a St. Louis hospital with a collasped immune system, and later died. Someone thought to get a blood sample and preserve it. Years later after the HIV anti-body test was created, someone remembered that blood sample and it was tested, and there were reportedly anti-bodies to HIV in the sample.

There is a ton of research that shows that HIV needs co-factors for effective transmission, such as the presense of STDs, or high HIV viral loads. Unprotected anal sex where there is the risk of minute tearing of tissue is a high risk activity for transmission. Regular unprotected vaginal intercourse is much less of a risk, and unprotected oral sex presents little risk.

Bottom line, people make their own choices, hopefully informed choices, but that's their right as to whether they want to use condoms or not. If HIV were as easily transmitted as many believe we would probably have much higher infection rates than we do now. Remember too that if you are looking at the numbers of people with AIDS in the USA, that number is culmative, it includes the numbers of everyone who has had an AIDS diagnosis since the tracking of cases started, and it also includes everyone that has died as well. I'm not trying to minimize the reality of HIV, just trying to put some hopefully balanced prespective on it.

Also, if a person gets infected it vital to remember that HIV is not a death sentence. Yes people still die, but the current arsenal of meds available allow many to live out the course of their normal lives. It is not a hopeless condition anymore, and hasn't been for awhile now.

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From the cdc:

“The earliest known case of HIV-1 in a human was from a blood sample collected in 1959 from a man in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. (How he became infected is not known.) Genetic analysis of this blood sample suggested that HIV-1 may have stemmed from a single virus in the late 1940s or early 1950s. We know that the virus has existed in the United States since at least the mid- to late 1970s. From 1979-1981 rare types of pneumonia, cancer, and other illnesses were being reported by doctors in Los Angeles and New York among a number of male patients who had sex with other men. These were conditions not usually found in people with healthy immune systems.

In 1982 public health officials began to use the term "acquired immunodeficiency syndrome," or AIDS, to describe the occurrences of opportunistic infections, Kaposi's sarcoma (a kind of cancer), and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in previously healthy people. Formal tracking (surveillance) of AIDS cases began that year in the United States.

In 1983, scientists discovered the virus that causes AIDS. The virus was at first named HTLV-III/LAV (human T-cell lymphotropic virus-type III/lymphadenopathy- associated virus) by an international scientific committee. This name was later changed to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

For many years scientists theorized as to the origins of HIV and how it appeared in the human population, most believing that HIV originated in other primates. Then in 1999, an international team of researchers reported that they had discovered the origins of HIV-1, the predominant strain of HIV in the developed world. A subspecies of chimpanzees native to west equatorial Africa had been identified as the original source of the virus. The researchers believe that HIV-1 was introduced into the human population when hunters became exposed to infected blood.”

…and for those that are so anal they can’t look it up for themselves go to:

http : // www (dot) cdc (dot) gov/ hiv/ resources/ qa/ qa3 (dot) htm

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sounds like someone is sitting around his/her house with aluminum foil hats on.

Lake Worth FL
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I remember when Bill Cosby stated that AIDS was man-made on CNN !

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Heard that it was caused by men fucking monkeys.

Heard that it was created by the Government, used first as a trial basis down in Haiti(where it was called "Slim") and then used here.

Heard the it was the wrath of God.

Then heard some really outlandish shit which wont be mentioned.

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