• Question: what is the origin of HIV AIDS

    Asked by Bahari girls to Linda, Joshua, Jared, Bibian on 18 May 2022.
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      Linda Kokwaro answered on 18 May 2022:

      Suprisingly from chimpanzees or perhaps more recently updated, a virus that had infected different types of monkeys and finally naturally occured as a hybrid in chimpanzees. The chimps were infected with a type of virus known as SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus) which was then transmitted to humans, probably through contact with the blood of an infected chimp (perhaps through hunting). In humans the virus became known as the Human immunodeficiency virus.