Origin of Aids


AIDS: where did it come from?  The scientific community all agree that it started as a simian virus.  That much is not under discussion; however, how humans came to have it, that is under discussion and the topic is contentious. It is also the subject of a documentary entitled The Origin of Aids.

The Origin of Aids explores the possibility that the AIDS virus was transmitted to humans unknowingly by a Polish scientist, Hilary Kaprowski, while working on a polio vaccine in Africa in the 1950s .  It is alleged in the book The River, written by Edward Hooper,  that Kaprowski used the tissues from SIV infected monkeys in his polio vaccine trials.  It is further alleged that this caused the HIV virus to cross species during a vaccination campaign through a process called zoonosis.  Hooper uses compelling eyewitness accounts to support his thesis.

Kaprowski, meanwhile, vehemently denies that he used SIV infected monkeys during his experiments and has been partially vindicated by the academic journal Science, which claims that they are almost positive that Kaprowski cannot be held accountable for the transferrence of AIDS to human beings.  Many in the scientific community confer.

The documentary does tend to promote Hooper’s hypothesis rather than vindicate Hooper.  However, it is a good viewing nonetheless and does try to present arguments from both sides.  While some may call it a conspiracy theory, i believe the documentary is more than that.  It touches on larger themes of science including competition among scientists and the ethics of using animals for scientific experiments.



  1. Hi Friends!!
    Excellent topic this week! Look this vocabulary… Gorgeous, is not it?
    Congratulations Teacher for your choise. I’ll be here following you guys in your discussion about the origing of HIV and AIDS.
    Take care everyone!


    The River (River)

  2. Hey River. Nice to hear from you. Welcome back to the blog ; )

  3. There is an theory which says that AIDS had been created in the second world war to be used as a weapon of mass destruction against the Nazi’s army. In this theory they inserted intentionally the virus in certain girls to infect the soldiers, but they couldn’t control the “weapon”, and it spread without control.
    In this theory the problem was caused not for spread the virus, but the illness was supposed to kill faster, eliminating the enemy’s armies. But it didn’t happen, and the infected men spread the virus, which mutates fast and without control. At that time many died for unknown reasons, which could be easily caused by the virus not known at that time.
    I will try to find the source of this theory. But it is serious.
    In the Second World War the Nazi Army developed several experiments with humans and animals, which can be barely possible such theory.

  4. this was a nice topic, and now we have another topic to study this week:
    “swine influenza”

  5. We can do a class about swine flu this week; however, it appears as if the hysteria over it has died down. The media loves to grab these kinds of stories and sensationalize them. There are over 300,000,000 people in the US and only 150 or so people have contracted the virus; hardly a cause for alarm.

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