New SIV Strain and Its Significance



AIDS turned twenty-eight this year! Sometimes it’s hard to believe that it all started with one genetic transformation from a monkey virus to a human one, with (possibly) a hunter in the jungles of Central Africa sometime in the late 1930s. That one mutation led to the first HIV infection, which medical professionals officially recorded in 1959. The infected hunter, the world’s AIDS patient zero, left his village for the large cities of Africa and the opportunities they provided. The crowds and busy city nightlife attracted both the hunter and his virus in different ways. Soon, HIV started to spread from person to person, taking over communities, cities, countries and continents, becoming what we know today as