Scientists have pinpointed where HIV originated

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  1. I’m surprised/not surprised that this story hasn’t received more press. Of course, if it did, Christian bigots wouldn’t be able to keep calling HIV/AIDS “god’s punishment on teh gayz.”
    Radiolab aired a “patient zero” story in November 2011 that described what we now know about the early twentieth century origin of HIV.
    http://www.radiolab.org/story/169879-patient-zero/
    One wonders what the reaction to the virus might have been if a group other than gay men had initially been affected, and if there would’ve been so little genuine concern if religious conservatives hadn’t driven the cultural narrative about HIV/AIDS. During some of the White House press conferences of the Reagan administration from 1982-1984, they literally treated gay men dying as a joke. (For real. Reagan’s press secretary, Larry Speakes, thought AIDS was hilarious.) If rich heterosexual white men had started getting sick, we’d almost certainly have a vaccine or effective treatment by now.

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