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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Polio, HIV, the Green Monkey, & Chimpanzees

The main view of the Origin of Aids is the Hunter theory. As seen from this website:

"The most commonly accepted theory is that of the 'hunter'.
In this scenario, SIVcpz was transferred to humans as a result of chimps being
killed and eaten or their blood getting into cuts or wounds on the hunter.
Normally the hunter's body would have fought off SIV, but on a few occasions it
adapted itself within its new human host and become HIV-1. The fact that there
were several different early strains of HIV, each with a slightly different
genetic make-up (the most common of which was HIV-1 group M), would support this
theory: every time it passed from a chimpanzee to a man, it would have developed
in a slightly different way within his body, and thus produced a slightly
different strain.

An article published in The Lancet in 20043, also
shows how retroviral transfer from primates to hunters is still occurring even
today. In a sample of 1099 individuals in Cameroon , they discovered ten (1%)
were infected with SFV (Simian Foamy Virus), an illness which, like SIV, was
previously thought only to infect primates. All these infections were believed
to have been acquired through the butchering and consumption of monkey and ape
meat. Discoveries such as this have led to calls for an outright ban on bushmeat
hunting to prevent simian viruses being passed to humans."

I embraced this view until I started to think about the fact that the green monkey lived next to Central Africans for centuries, if not for thousands of years. Yet this outbreak was a 20nth century outbreak. Why was the green monkey only a problem now? But then again, if mad cow desease can spread that way, then why can't SIV/HIV? So I still feel that the hunter theory has some merit, so I can't give it up completely.

I found this website to be balanced, and helpful, although it tends to lean toward the hunter theory.

But what I found more interesting, was not the mainstream theory, but another view, this idea talks about the possible link of a Central African Polio vaccine to HIV(1). (HIV 1 is the form of HIV that caused the Worldwide outbreak. There is another form called HIV 2, which is not that common).


Or Watch it Here

I don't want to be a pusher of "Conspiracy Theories", but I thought this documentary was interesting. Maybe the modern outbreak of HIV has a multiple source. Maybe through both monkey hunters, as well as the hunt for new Polio vaccines, along with Contaminated/unclean needles to help vaccinate Polio in 3rd World countries.

But this is only a guess, for I really don't have a clue.



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