The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been detriment to many societies. Its effects have been strongly particularly in the developing nations where millions of children have been left homeless and the country’s workforce declined.
In efforts to fight back these effects; scientists have been working hard to get the cure. Of course there will always be people trying to take advantage of each and every situation. For that matter, it’s very easy to hear traditional healers developing myths that they purport can cure the disease. Some of these include the myth that having sex with an albino person can get you cured or that sexual intercourse with a virgin girl cures HIV/AIDS.
It is as a result of such wayward thinking that has led to an increase in rape cases in the society. Many young girls have been married off after being defiled, making them miss out on an opportunity to study. In addition, many people with the albinism condition have been kidnapped just to be sold off.
Some rogue religious leaders have also cashed in to get money from their followers. They live by the pretence that they can heal the disease.
But all these myths are not true because the cure for HIV/AIDS is yet to be discovered. What are currently available for the infected persons is the ARVs that one can use to boost his or her immune system. These are known to have been a major milestone in improving the general wellbeing of the infected.
As long as one leads a healthy lifestyle, he/she is assured of a normal life. Some of the tips that you may consider are eating plenty of fruits, engaging in physical exercises and most importantly maintaining a strict routine in taking the ARVs. Also, regularly visit your doctor for examination.
Origin of HIV AIDS
Human beings are known to be curious and would want to have an understanding as to why a certain situation is as it is. For a major worldwide health outbreak like HIV, the curiosity will without doubt be high.
What is generally accepted is that HIV is a descendant of a Simian Immunodeficiency Virus because certain strains of SIVs bear a very close resemblance to HIV-1 and HIV-2, the two types of HIV.
But more theories have been developed to explain the origin of HIV AIDS. These include:
- The “Hunter” Theory
- The Contaminated Needle Theory
- Oral Polio Theory
- The “Heart of Darkness” Theory
- The Conspiracy Theory
The “Hunter” Theory
This is the most accepted and believed theory explaining the origin of HIV AIDS.
According to this theory, SIVcpz was transferred to humans as a result of chimps being killed and eaten, or their blood getting into cuts or wounds on a hunter. Normally a hunter’s body could have fought off the SIV, but in a few cases it adapted to its new human host and evolved into HIV. Early on, there were several different strains of HIV, each having a slightly different genetic makeup. The most common being HIV-1 group M.
Each time it was passed from a chimp to a human it adapted differently therefore creating a different genetic makeup and becoming a new strain.
In a study of 1099 individuals in Cameroon it was discovered that 10 (1%) were infected with SFV (Simian Foamy Virus), which, like SIV, was previously thought only to infect chimps. These infections were all thought to have come from butchering and eating of monkey and ape meat.