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    ... HIV - as in Human Immunodeficiency Virus - they have SIV AKA Simian Immunodeficiency Virus. However, SIV can jump to humans, but the disease is mild and the virus suppressed within a few weeks. The generally accepted theory is that such infections result from hunting & killing various primate species for food, known as "bush meat".

    It's clear that the two species of HIV - HIV-1 & HIV-2 - are descended, respectively, from SIV in chimps (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) and a different type of SIV in sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys atys).

    What's not clear is how it mutated into HIV and how this new virus reached the epidemiological threshold which allowed it to go pandemic. There's evidence that colonialism in sub-Saharan Africa with consequent forced labor and prostitution led to the rise & spread of HIV, but it's not conclusive.

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    by The Werewolf Prophet on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 05:46:32 PM PST

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