HIV is a big problem that has terrorized the world for many years without scientists coming any close to a solution today than they did in the beginning. One thing they seem to have found answers to however is it’s origins. I don’t know how this new information will contribute to finding a cure but according to an article published by the BBC about the findings of an international team of scientists, the deadly disease originated right here in Africa from Kinshasa in 1920.
According to these scientists, ‘a feat of viral archaeology’ was studied to arrive at this conclusion and the results of course, we Africans do not want to hear. I smell a rat in the results of these findings especially since it is a time Ebola fingers are all pointed to Africa. These findings show that in the 1920’s , when Kinshasa was known as Leopoldville and was still part of Belgian Congo, there was considerable spikes in population and the boosting of the railways led to an influx of population ad many men seeking work. This continued till it cause an imbalance between the population of men and women resulting in men outnumbering women by two to one and causing a rise in sex trade. Also not very hygienic medical conditions ended up breeding and wildly spreading the virus. The railways also helped people coming and going pick up and send the virus to neighbouring areas and on and on.
It states that before the world’s attention was drawn to the deadly HIV in the 1980s, it had been thriving in Africa for much longer.
Several archived samples of HIV’s genetic code were studied for the purpose of this research and the findings point strongly to this conclusion.
Before its spread among humans, there was the original strain found in chimpanzees which was called Simian Immunodeficiency Virus. As to how the specie jump came about, scientists are looking at contact between humans and infected blood probably through the handling of bush meat and other ways.
Several people have also argued that before these 1920 records in Africa, there were 1820s records of the virus among the gay community in European countries. These have mainly been propounded by Africans so effectively leading to a back and forth argument between blacks and whites. However, this research has a lot of convincing data to back it.