Did the HIV/ AIDS virus really come from killing a monkey?



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    I believe you’re asking about the “cut hunter theory” in which a human, allegedly an African native, received a bloody wound or infected splash while preparing a chimpanzee carrying a similar virus (i.e., SIVcpz). Most recent research, along with the scientific consensus, holds that the origin of HIV and AIDS could never have happened this way, though there isn’t a single origin that everyone agrees on either. The U.S. Government’s chief DNA sequence analyst reported that genetic sequencing studies prove some “punctuated origin of AIDS event” took place during the mid-1970s giving rise, virtually simultaneously, to at least ten different HIV “clades” (or genetic subtypes) associated with ten different distinguishable AIDS epidemics in Africa alone. The most likely cause of this widespread bizarre zoonosis was some man-made (i.e., iatrogenic) event involving chimpanzees.

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    There is a virus very similar to HIV (the Human Immunodeficiency Virus) called SIV or Simian Immunodeficiency Virus which is found in some apes. Other animals including cats, horses and cows can also carry similar lentivirus strains, but none are as close to HIV as the SIV affecting monkeys. Because of this most scientists now believe that HIV evolved from SIV. White-collared monkeys in western Africa and chimpanzees are both found infected with SIV.

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