Origin of HIV, or Where Does HIV Come From?
Where does HIV come from?
For some of us who remember the sudden emergence of HIV into the popular culture and awareness of the US in the early 1980’s, HIV appears to have come from nowhere. Rumor swirled about where it came from, how it came to infect people from all walks of life around the world.
It’s only now, after over 25 years of research and discovery that we can finally start to say with some confidence where HIV came from.
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