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A 35-year-old member asked:

When was hiv/aids first discovered?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 24 years experience
1981: There's lots of information about HIV/AIDS out there - and it's always important to know one's status and one's risks. You may want to try the CDC website, or wikipedia has a good overview. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV/AIDS#cite_note-18 Talk with a doctor for more specific information. Infectious Disease doctors are specialists with HIV/AIDS diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

How was hiv/aids discovered and when was the first person with HIV identified?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Long story, but...: In short, HIV was discovered by 2 groups (lav in 1983 - dr. Montagnier and HTLV-III in 1984 - dr. Gallo) in separate labs. Later in 1985, these were found to be the same virus, named hiv. The aids epidemic officially began on 6/5/81 after the cdc reported unusual cases of pcp pneumonia in 5 gay men in los angeles. In retrospect, the earliest cases of HIV have been traced back to around 1959.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How did they discover hiv/aids and when was the first patient was prognosticated?

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Dr. Henry Selke
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 17 years experience
...: It is thought that chimpanzees in west africa were the source of HIV and that simian immunodeficiency virus (siv) was transmitted to humans via blood exposure while hunting the chimpanzees. The earliest known case of HIV was documented from a 1959 blood sample of a man from democratic republic of the congo.
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