by Harli Henderson and Sandy Henderson
How Did it Begin and Spread?
Patient 0 was the first person to get infected by HIV. He was a Bantu man who was hunting when he killed an infected chimp (chimps were shown to have a similar disease to that of HIV, which is SIV). As he was butchering the chimp, he cut himself leading to the contact of blood from the chimp to him. The hunter could've have given it to anyone he came into close contact with. The city is filled with opportunities for HIV to spread globally.
The first chimp, who infected the first man with HIV, most likely got the disease from eating two different types of monkeys that have their own versions of SIV. The two versions came together and caused the creation of HIV, which thrived and spread and eventually started the AIDS pandemic.
Impact in Our World
This disease can also wreak havoc economically as well. From the GDP of several sub- Saharan African countries, HIV/AIDS subtracts an additional 1% a year because of the continued loss of workers. HIV/AIDS also create higher healthcare costs and destroys health insurance schemes.