The HIV virus has jumped from primates to people
on at least seven separate occasions in recent history, not twice as is
commonly thought. And people in Cameroon are showing up with symptoms
of HIV, but are testing negative for both the virus and its primate
equivalent SIV, the virus from which HIV is thought to have evolved.
That suggests that new strains of an HIV-like virus are circulating in wild animals and infecting people who eat them, sparking fears that such strains could fuel an already disastrous global HIV pandemic.
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