'Patient Zero' was not responsible for AIDS epidemic

Gepubliceerd op 27 oktober 2016 om 11:15

Dugas, a gay flight attendant, was always suspected of having played a crucial role in the spread of the disease. He was sexually very active and traveled for his work around the world. In 1984, he died from complications of AIDS.

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It now researchers from the University of Arizona to clear his name . AIDS was then perhaps only noted in the beginning of the 80's, the virus value when all of at least ten years in the United States around

The researchers showed that by examining thousands of old blood samples from the 70 and HIV-infected blood was found therein. Researchers infer that the AIDS epidemic began in 1970 or 1971, when Dugas was a teenager and certainly had not slept with hundreds of men, as he is said to have done later in life.

But because it may take years before someone gets sick with an HIV infection, it took ten years before the epidemic was noted. And then the name of Dugas arrived quickly surfaced in the investigation and a scapegoat was found quickly, says Nature.

By RTL News Editors: Photo: EPA

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