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Debate around the origin of AIDS has sparked considerable interest and controversy since the beginning of the epidemic However in trying to identify where AIDS originated there is a danger that people may try and use the debate to attribute blame for the disease to particular groups of individuals or certain lifestylesThe first cases of AIDS occurred in the USA in 1981 but they provide little information about the source of the disease There is now clear evidence that the disease AIDS is caused by the virus HIV So to find the source of AIDS we need to look for the origin of HIVThe issue of the origin of HIV could go beyond one of purely academic interest as an understanding of where the virus originated and how it evolved could be crucial in developing a vaccine against HIV and more effective treatments in the future Also a knowledge of how the AIDS epidemic emerged could be important in both mapping the future course of the epidemic and developing effective education and prevention programmeHIV is part of a family or group of viruses called lentiviruses Lentiviruses other than HIV have been found in a wide range of nonhuman primates These other lentiviruses are known collectively as simian monkey viruses SIV where a subscript is used to denote their species of originSo where did HIV come from Did HIV come from an SIVIt is now generally accepted that HIV is a descendant of simian monkey immunodeficiency virus SIV Certain simian immunodeficiency viruses bear a very close resemblance to HIV-1 and HIV-2 the two types of HIVFor example HIV-2 corresponds to a simian immunodeficiency virus found in the sooty mangabey monkey SIVsm sometimes known as the green monkey which is indigenous to western AfricaThe more virulent strain of HIV namely HIV-1 was until very recently more difficult to place Until 1999 the closest counterpart that had been identified was the simian monkey immunodeficiency virus that was known
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