COLORS MAGAZINE - ISSUE #67 HIV/AIDS:
The generally accepted theory is that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a descendant of a
monkey virus known as the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV). Nobody really knows how SIV
passed to humans, creating HIV. The “hunter hypothesis” suggests that Central African hunters
were contaminated with the blood of infected monkeys. Another theory claims that the virus was
transferred to humans via oral polio vaccines incubated in infected monkeys’ kidneys. One conspiracy
theory claims that HIV was man-made as a biological weapon in the 1970s by the CIA to wipe out people
of African descent and homosexuals. This theory fails to consider that it was not possible to create a
virus with the technology available at the time, and that even today scientists don’t know exactly how the
HIV virus works.
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