HIV: 15 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Deadly Virus (Part 1)

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HIV is known as the most terrifying of all sexually transmitted diseases, claiming millions of lives worldwide. It’s important to be informed on such matters, and a lot of misinformation exists out there, so we’re bringing you part one of this list of facts about the disease.

Number Fifteen: People Think It’s the Flu

Symptoms of HIV start within two to four weeks after you get infected. The symptoms are a lot like the flu, so people think that’s what it is and don’t think too much of it when the illness seems to fade. The symptoms can then lie dormant for years.

Number Fourteen: African-Americans Are Affected the Most

It’s said by scientific research that rates of infection are 8 times greater among blacks than in whites. In 2014, almost half of the new HIV diagnoses in America were among African Americans.

Number Thirteen: Middle-Aged Sufferers

Studies conducted a few years back suggested that there was a specific age range that has the highest number of HIV. This was 45 to 49 years old.

Number Twelve: HIV Survives in Dried Blood

This is only if the blood stays at the optimum pH level. If those conditions are met, the virus survives in dried blood for up to 5 or 6 days in room temperature.

Number Eleven: It First Occurred in the 1940s or 1950s

This is a relatively young disease, and the first known human to contract it was a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Scientists estimate that the original infection of a human happened in the late ’40s or possibly early ’50s.

Number Ten: ‘Bushmeat Theory’

This is the name scientists assign to their opinion of the origin of HIV. The disease started in chimps and monkeys and was passed through humans. We assume it was passed onto humans via African hunters who could have suffered scratches or bites from their infected prey.

Number Nine: You Can’t Get It Through a Mosquito Bite

I think we’ve all heard that it’s possible to contract this virus through an infected mosquito, but worry not, because this is a myth. We hope you found part one of our list of facts about HIV informative and interesting. Check back soon for part two.

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