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Prelude In 1959 at the same time the US and the world were celebrating the defeat of polio a new lethal disease was silently incubating In Edward Hoopers book The River he describes a man degenerating from a myriad of diseases brought about by an indefinable virus He describes a former sailor named David Carr as his health steadily and painfully declines In 1958 the strong healthy and soon to be married man suddenly developed gum disease profuse rashes and experienced chronic fatigue Soon he developed hemorrhoids and experienced extreme weight loss fevers and his coughing would bring forth mucus mixed with blood Shortly after his ailments began he quit his job as his co-workers rumored that David had leukemia Davids health descended further with the hemorrhoids growing into a softball sized crater The doctors in Manchester UK suspected tuberculosis syphilis or Wegeners granulomatosis and in an attempt to eradicate his unique disease subjected David to radio and chemotherapy steroids and an assortment of drugs Later enormous boils broke out on Davids face which he attempted to cover with facial hair He remained in bed-rest at the hospital and as the boils blossomed into ulcers eating away at his lips and facial tissue he began discouraging visitors A year after his initial symptoms Davids skin hung loosely upon his withering frame His symptoms now included various ulcer outbreaks across his body and difficulty breathing from lack of oxygen which subsequently turned his swollen extremities blue During his final days in agony the doctors sedated him with an amalgam of morphine cocaine and gin The virus responsible for Davids suffering leading to his death and two similar cases that occurred simultaneously would not be defined for another 24 years This revelation occurred in 1983 when Dr Luc Montagnier et al at the Pasteur Institute in Paris identified a retrovirus named lymphadenopathy-associated virus LAV which would infamously become known as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV the
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