can animals get HIV?



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    No.  HIV, after all, stands for Human immunodeficiency virus.  HIV cannot be transmitted to or from animals.

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    They believe that HIV came from monkeys in Africa. They are not sure why. Nevertheless, are we not considered animals anymore?

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    Non-human animals cannot get HIV because, as an earlier answered stated–the “H” stands for human; as such, the virus can only be contracted by humans.

    However, there are other viruses that function as the the animal equivalents of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV and SIV respectively) are two such examples; they have similiar characteristics to HIV and can progress to feline/simian AIDS. (Of course, in the same way that felines cannot contract HIV, humans are in no danger from FIV)

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    Chimpanzees can resist the AIDS symptoms and even reject HIV. This means that they have been exposed to HIV for a long time and have developed immunity to it. Therefore, chimps can become HIV positive, but will not develop symptoms of AIDS.

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