oa South African Family Practice - The origin of HIV revisited : are we closer to the answer or not? : letter to the editor



Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2005;47(10) 4 The origin of HIV revisited: Are we closer to the answer or not? To the editor: There is general consensus among scientists that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) crossed from non-human primates to man as a result of consumption of, or contact with blood from bush meat by local inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, Pan troglodytes troglodytes, which carries the SIVcpz form of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) has been postulated as the progenitor of HIV-1. In addition, HIV-2 is closely related to SIVmac based on the extremely close sequence homology between the human ..


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