Epidemic Theory Of HIV
The explanation is simple. Chimpanzees are often killed by hunters in Africa and considered “bushmeat”. It is likely that during these encounters is when some of the first cross-species transmission of the SIV virus in humans took place. Blood to blood exposure between these two primates would result in the human contracting the HIV virus. (Sharp P.M., et al. 2001) Another possible theory explaining how humans contracted HIV involves eating the meat of the slaughtered primate. If hunters were to eat the infected chimpanzee’s raw, contaminated meat, the virus would then be introduced to his system. These simple interactions are to blame for the ongoing spread of HIV and …show more content…
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