Everyone has heard of HIV. According to estimates by the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programe on HIV/AIDS, 34 million people around the world had HIV in 2010. Approximately 50% of those infected were women, and around 10% were under the age of 15. Globally, around 6000 people die every day from HIV related illnesses. Yet the virus itself was only identified a few decades ago. Where did it all begin? How did HIV first get into the population, triggering one of the most devastating pandemics in history? This article is going to explore some of the main theories proposed so far to give you an insight into this complex but fascinating topic. [Read more]

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