AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
When we speak on the taboo subject of AIDS, many questions arise. First of all where did this wretched disease come from, what is it, who has it, and who can contract it? AIDS has terrorized the world for over 20 years and yet there is still no cure. In its short existence it has become one of the most rapidly spreading diseases in the history of mankind. The question regarding AIDS is, “will there ever be a cure?” Scientists may never be able to answer that question. Modern diseases including AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), usually don’t constitute as being “new.” A more accurate term would “unfamiliar.” Researchers say this mainly because there is always a possibility that the disease existed, changing and conforming without recognition until it becomes too much for the body to fight off. It is at this point that the bacteria or virus is recognized as a disease. It is improbable that AIDS can be traced to its immediate source, but scientists are sure that the disease is derived from central African nations Zaire, Burundi, Ugandi, Rwanda, Tazania, and Kenya. Abundant in these regions are a species of monkey called the African Green, which carries a virus similar in structure to that of AIDS. These monkeys are not susceptible to the disease due to the fact that they have developed an immunity to it. Because of this characteristic they may have been carrying the virus long before it became known to humans. By studying every aspect of this
disease, including all theories of its origin researchers become one step closer to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.
Another common questions is how humans contracted the AIDS virus? The answer is quite simple, monkeys were often sold by the natives, and on rare occasions they were eaten. So it is not unlikely that scratches and bites started the HIV infection in man. As time passed urbanization forced natives out of their traditional tribes and into the cities. They monkeys soon followed, eating from garbage heaps and infecting other men by biting them when they tried to chase them away. When AIDS made its way to the United States it was already diagnosed. AIDS-like symptoms were detected in some Western-Africans who traveled to Europe. It is a common theory that AIDS reached the United States by way of Haiti, mainly because thousands of people were involved in a cultural exchange between French-speaking Zaire and the Caribbean Islands. It is said that homosexual males and drug abusers into New York, and then like a plague spread throughout America. With the study of the HIV/AIDS virus in homosexual and bisexual men scientists discovered that the disease was not limited to this specific group. By researching different theories scientist learn more about the disease, therefore they come closer to finding a cure.
There are many theories on the origin of AIDS; but there are three main philosophies for the origin of the HIV/AIDS virus. The first theory is the most...