HIV Has Been Around Almost A Century – Or Longer

HIV Has Been Around Almost A Century – Or Longer

Most of us think that the HIV virus has been around since the early 1980’s when it hit the gay population like a genocide-size tsunami. But an international team of archeological researchers who go back in time to discover origins of epidemics have recently uncovered that the HIV virus may have been around since the 1920’s or even as far back as the 1890’s. The origination point has been traced to what was then the Belgium Congo, a colony of Belgium, and its capital city, then known as Leopoldville, named after the King of Belgium at the time.

A huge sex trade to satisfy a mostly male population of laborers, rapid population growth and unsterilized needles used in health clinics probably spread the virus among locales. It then went viral beyond the confines of the Congo to cities throughout Africa and elsewhere as a result of the rather sophisticated Belgium-financed railways which brought in a million people a year, again mainly men, to work in and exploit the mineral rich and agriculturally abundant region.

HIV is an actually mutated version of a chimpanzee virus, called simian immunodeficiency virus, which could have made the species-jump through contact with infected blood by native handlers who ate the chimpanzees as food. It was one of the mutations of this original virus, HIV-1, that became the epidemic killer the world, including the U.S., became painfully aware of decades later.

To this I’ll add my totally unsubstantiated two cents: remember the polio vaccine many of us got as a kid? Well, early forms of the vaccine were made from viruses cultured in – you guessed it – monkey brains.

Maybe another connection, ya think?

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