HIV: 15 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Deadly Virus (Part 2)

We already brought you part one of this list of educational facts about HIV. We learned that the disease did not come about in humans until the 1940s or 1950s and that it’s most common in people between 45 and 49 years of age. Here is part two of the list.

Number Eight: HIV, A Government Conspiracy?

According to research, as many as 30 percent of African-Americans and Latinos believe that the disease is a government conspiracy created with the intention of killing off certain ethnic groups. It’s true, even today.

Number Seven: ‘Hemo-Goblin’

Back in the ’80s, DC Comics came up with a villain named Hemo-Goblin. The character was a vampire with HIV created by white supremacists with the sole intention of infecting minorities. This comic wasn’t very popular and only ended up appearing in one issue.

Number Six: ‘Widow-Cleansing’

There’s a country in Africa called Malawi. In this country, the virus is spread via the practicing of “widow-cleansing,” in which a woman with a deceased spouse is expected to engage in sexual activities to cleanse herself. It’s believed that if she does not have sex with someone, the spirit of her dead spouse will haunt her and her family.

Number Five: Tanzania’s Twisted Superstitions

In this country, albino people are raped and killed because of a superstition surrounding HIV, which states that raping an albino girl cures AIDS. Other people kill albinos and use their blood or hair for “AIDS-curing potions”. Disturbing.

Number Four: Leading Cause of Death in Certain Women

Many of us know that this disease claims astounding numbers of lives each year. The virus is the number one cause of death in women of reproductive age.

Number Three: The Highest HIV or AIDS Rate in America

This record goes to the District of Columbia. In 2010, 112 out of 100,000 people in The District of Columbia had it.

Number Two: Stealthy Camouflage

This virus sneaks past autoimmune cells by camouflaging itself. It fools the body into thinking it’s a nutrient instead of harmful by surrounding itself with sugar molecules.

Number One: Some Believe It’s Caused by Witchcraft

In Africa, many supernatural explanations are given for the disease including magic or upset ancestors. We hope you found part two of this list informative – thanks for reading!