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#16 - anon (05/02/2013) [-]
So if two men have sex with each other AIDS just comes out of nowhere and infects them both? I'm not being sarcastic, I'm actually curious, does this happen?
User avatar #111 to #16 - snaresinger (05/03/2013) [-]
I'm going to be completely honest, I was raised by an idiotically conservative, fundamentalist Christian father, and I'm somewhat ashamed to say that I honestly thought that was how it worked. But no, AIDS is caused by HIV, which is believed to be a mutation of a virus that attacked monkeys, and is thought to have mutated and spread to humans during interspecies intercourse.
#75 to #16 - anon (05/03/2013) [-]
I'm a lesbian, and I'll research his theory... For science.
#70 to #16 - anon (05/03/2013) [-]
No, one of them has to be infected with HIV or aids in the first place. As for where Aids originated, it was first in monkeys and then transferred to humans either through possibly someone skinning the monkey then cutting themselves and the monkey's blood getting into their wound, or you know the other way it could have happened....
#56 to #16 - anon (05/03/2013) [-]
There's a big difference between AIDS and HIV and it doesn't just occur out of nowhere. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the initial virus that your system receives, this essentially gets to work on destroying your immune system which can - if not properly medicated lead to the more severe syndrome that is AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), the body starts to develop cancerous sores, the body shuts itself down.

The reason it's called a 'gay' plague is because it was first noticed in 1981 when 5 gay men were reported as contracting a rare cancer in New York. People started noticing the disease was heavily prevalent within the gay community in America (disregarding the 38,000 other global cases by 1985 that hit heterosexuals as well as homosexuals) thus causing a lot of hatred for the community.

HIV can be contracted through intercourse (provided that one partner is a carrier), childbirth and blood transfusion - not same-sex-specific coupling. Stay safe - get tested. HTH
#57 to #56 - anon (05/03/2013) [-]
What's important to remember is that though AIDS might not have the bite it used to, it's still important to protect yourself against it. When it first started to noticeably affect people, no one had a name for the disease - people; gay, lesbian, straight, were dropping like flies and nobody knew why or even how to fight it. For a community that wasn't particularly liked anyway, the emergence of AIDS knocked homosexuals back considerably. But it hasn't lost it's edge, even with potential cures on the way: there's a reason it's still considered a Pandemic.

Heterosexuality doesn't make you immune - Sub-Saharan Africa can testify to this
User avatar #17 to #16 - therealtjthemedic ONLINE (05/02/2013) [-]
The first person to have aids was gay
he only ****** gay guys
so only gays got it
eventually a bi got it and now everyone can have aids
also the first guy ****** a monkey that had the first aids in the world
User avatar #44 to #17 - angrytoilet (05/02/2013) [-]
You can't actually believe that.
User avatar #55 to #44 - therealtjthemedic ONLINE (05/03/2013) [-]
No, I can't.
User avatar #54 to #44 - lowbrass (05/03/2013) [-]
well... he was right about the monkey. Theres one thing, I guess
#59 to #54 - angrytoilet (05/03/2013) [-]
Wrong about the monkey. Mostly. Three forms of primate (read monkey) disease SIV are found in species often hunted for bushmeat. Because of the bloody nature of this business, many hunters contracted SIV from coming in contact with the blood. Because there are three "monkey" forms, it is found in three human forms: M, N, and O. This virus did not really spread much until, due to its high rate of reproduction and very high rate of mutation, it became HIV-1 and HIV-2. Then, it spread rapidly through African trade and eventually to America, where it was easily transferred through bodily fluids (read sex and blood). Thus it became mostly prevalent in injection drug users and, for a short time, homosexual men. However, after discovering that it was not limited to homosexuals, the media redacted it's claim of "the gay plague".

tl;dr Did come from monkeys, not ******* monkeys. Only reason it's commonly associated with gay people is the media. Damn media.
User avatar #64 to #59 - lowbrass (05/03/2013) [-]
huh. learned something new, today.
User avatar #65 to #64 - angrytoilet (05/03/2013) [-]
Good. Now when some inbred spews the falsities their homophobic aunt told them, feel free to hold their head under the putrescent waters of knowledge.
User avatar #67 to #65 - lowbrass (05/03/2013) [-]
Will do, good sir. also, nice username
User avatar #76 to #67 - kentravyon ONLINE (05/03/2013) [-]
Simply because it isn't pointed out yet. There are two main reasons why it spread so quickly amongst gay men, the first is that many (then and still now) did not use protection due to the 0% of pregnancy. The second is that anal sex does facilitate S.T.I. transmission.
Two and two together meant a very high spread rate in the community.
User avatar #19 to #17 - monkee (05/02/2013) [-]
You're an idiot.
#27 to #19 - anon (05/02/2013) [-]
that's almost true
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