Friday, May 26, 2006

HIV from chimps

Finally, scientists have found the origin of HIV in chimps! The virus is called Simian Immunodeficiency Virus from chimps or SIVcpz. From BBC:
It is thought that people hunting chimpanzees first contracted the virus - and that cases were first seen in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo - the nearest urban area - in 1930...

This study, carried out alongside experts from the Project Prevention du Sida au Cameroun (PRESICA) in Cameroon, involved analysing chimpanzee faeces, collected from the forest floor in remote jungle areas....

Lab tests detected SIVcpz specific antibodies and genetic information linked to the virus in up to 35% of chimpanzees in some groups...

Chimpanzees in south-east Cameroon were found to have the viruses most similar to the form of HIV that has spread throughout the world.
Bloody chimps! It's them! Reading this made me recall a conversation I had with a friend many years ago. He was saying that some crazy and horny Africans went on a sex rampage with some infected chimps and that's how HIV spread to the human race. Funny. I kinda believe him.

5 comments:

Shy said...

Ya, I heard that story too. Makes you wonder how disgusting such acts can be.

Mr Big said...

IF they did not have sex with the infected chimps then how the hell they got the virus in the first place????

xXx said...

They should have at least used condoms.

HAAAAA!

ENG said...

xxx: Who? The men or the chimps? LOL

Anonymous said...

From http://www.biology.arizona.edu/immunology/tutorials/AIDS/impacts.html

Transmission from chimps to humans probably occurred while animals were butchered for food in sub-Saharan Africa, with animal blood contaminating wounds of humans. The transmission likely passed unnoticed for a long period of time, but in the last half of the 20th century, accompanied social upheavals led to the outbreak of AIDS.

Rob C

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