There are several popular conspiracy theories that allege AIDS is man-made and given to gays and African-Americans deliberately. We will touch on the most popular conspiracy theories that claim AIDS was made my man, for a multitude of possible reasons.
Before we get into the individual theories, let met just point out that the most widely accepted scientific explanation as to how the HIV/AIDS came about, which is that it was passed on from monkeys to humans.
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In 2006 the AIDS epidemic was a quarter-century old. Officially starting in June 1981 as a mysterious and fatal disease exclusively found in several dozen young white gay men from New York City and Los Angeles, the disease has already killed 20 million people with 40 million more currently infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), widely accepted as the sole cause of AIDS. One million Americans are now infected with HIV; and almost half of the new cases are African-American.
The disease was first uncovered in homosexual men from Manhattan. “Gay cancer,” in the form of Kaposi’s sarcoma skin tumours, was the most striking telltale sign; and drugs, promiscuity, and anal sex were all thought to play a role in the unprecedented suppression of the immune system. It was soon obvious that the disease was not limited to gays: the mysterious agent was in the national blood supply, and an epidemic of AIDS was also uncovered in Central Africa.
In April 1984 Robert Gallo of the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced his discovery of HIV as the cause of AIDS. Subsequently, Luc Montagnier of the Pasteur Institute in Paris filed a lawsuit claiming he had first discovered the AIDS virus at Pasteur, and that Gallo had stolen the French virus after it was sent to his lab for study.
Twenty-five years later, the origin of AIDS still remains a mystery.
Let's delve into the most popular theories behind the advent of HIV/AIDS, and most of them are nothing but for nefarious purposes. Don't be shocked if we find out that one of these are true. Anything is possible in our world!
The belief cited by leading theorists —that the government invented HIV—seems to have originated during the early years of the epidemic. In 1986, an East German biologist by the name of Jakob Segal published "AIDS: USA Home-Made Evil." According to the publication, scientists at a Fort Detrick, Md., military lab created the disease by synthesizing HTLV-1 with Visna (a sheep virus). The scientists shot their lethal experiment in to prison inmates, who then introduced the disease into the general population. For what it's worth, Jakob Segal has since been alleged to be a Soviet disinformation agent. The government's involvement gets more niche a bit further down this article.
A journalist argued that Dr. Hilary Koprowski of the Wistar Research Institute accidentally caused the AIDS pandemic by using chimpanzee kidneys to produce an oral polio vaccine. The monkeys happened to be infected with a simian version of the HIV/AIDS virus, unbeknownst to Koprowski. This is where this theory gets murky. Supposedly during an experimental mass-vaccination initiative in The Congo, the disease jumped over from monkey to man. The detractors of this conspiracy theory say that the particular strain of the virus thought to have derived from the Congo, is different from the strain that made the jump from humans. They proclaim that the strain that made the jump over to humans would have been from monkeys in Cameroon. As always, there's two sides to every story and each tries, with some merit, to cancel out the other. I'm going to have to go with the officials on this one. No credo to this theory.
Created To Kill Off Africans
Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan ecologist who won the Nobel Peace Prize, was one of the most notable conspiracy theorists against the exact origins of the HIV/AIDS virus. Maathai, along with other conspiracy theorists believe that the CIA or another government entity had scientists create the virus to wipe out the African population. Many “African AIDS theorists” believe that the disease was created to wipe out the African population so that the United States could eventually take over this part of the world.
I'm not sure there's much to this as imperialism isn't exactly a goal of modern day governments.
Wipe Out Homosexuals
Wangari Maathai is also supportive of another reasoning why the government allegedly had motive to create and subsequently spread HIV/ADS. Him and many other AIDS conspiracy theorists argue that the disease was created to rid the United States of homosexuals. These theorists argue that AIDS was created in a laboratory and was injected into a large number of gay males in the San Francisco and New York population, where it continued to spread among the gay population. Edgar Hoover must be rolling around in his grave after hearing this one!
The man-made theory of AIDS is not based on conspiracy theory. The theory warrants a full scale scientific investigation – and the secret history of HIV and AIDS needs to come out of the closet.
These are just four of the main conspiracy theories about HIV and AIDS that are circulating the Internet. I'm sure you could find a lot more to talk about, but these seemed to be the most popular.
I have no idea if any of them are true.
What do you think?Posted in Science and filed under science, conspiracy theory.