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What caused AIDS virus?

What caused AIDS virus?

Where did HIV come from? HIV infection in humans came from a type of chimpanzee in Central Africa. The chimpanzee version of the virus (called simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV) was probably passed to humans when humans hunted these chimpanzees for meat and came in contact with their infected blood.

What does the AIDS virus do?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system. The immune system becomes weaker, making it harder for the body to fight off infections and some kinds of cancers. Most people who are diagnosed early and take medicines for HIV can live long, healthy lives.

What type is AIDS virus?

The human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) are two species of Lentivirus (a subgroup of retrovirus) that infect humans. Over time, they cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive.

Who was the first person to get AIDS?

1980s. April 24, San Francisco resident (and supposed gay sex worker) Ken Horne is reported to the Center for Disease Control with Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS). Later in 1981, the CDC would retroactively identify him as the first patient of the AIDS epidemic in the US. He was also suffering from Cryptococcus.

What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?

HIV and AIDS are medical terms referring to a single disease

  • HIV is the first stage where a body’s immune system gets infected; AIDS is later and the final stage of HIV
  • HIV can be transmitted through sexual intercourse and inserting infected needles into the body; AIDS can’t spread directly as it is the next level of HIV
  • What can cause AIDS?

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes AIDS. When a person becomes infected with HIV, the virus attacks and weakens the immune system. As the immune system weakens, the person is at risk of getting life-threatening infections and cancers. When that happens, the illness is called AIDS.

    How do I know if I have HIV?

    Rashes on the body

  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Malaise (a general feeling of body weakness,discomfort and/or lethargy)