This claim was later found to be incorrect. His case was later found to have been only one of many that began in the s, according to a September study published in Nature. A graph included with the paper traced the sequence of infection among 40 men and labelled one of the nodes as "Patient 0" with other nodes including the place of residence and a number indicating the sequence in which they developed AIDS symptoms, such as "NY 14". If the infectious-agent hypothesis is true, Patient 0 may be an example of a "carrier" of such an agent.
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Since reports of the human immunodeficiency virus HIV began to emerge in the United States in the s, the HIV epidemic has frequently been linked to gay , bisexual , and other men who have sex with men MSM by epidemiologists and medical professionals. The first official report on the virus was published by the Center for Disease Control CDC on June 5, and detailed the cases of five young gay men who were hospitalized with serious infections. It is now well understood that HIV does not only affect the gay community but can also infect anybody, regardless of sex, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Men who have sex with men abbreviated as MSM , also known as males who have sex with males are male persons who engage in sexual activity with members of the same sex, regardless of how they personally identify themselves. Many MSM choose not to or cannot for other reasons identify as homosexual or bisexual. Determining the number of men who have ever had sex with another man is difficult worldwide. Their estimate includes victims of sexual abuse in addition to men who regularly or voluntarily have sex with men.
What it's like to live with HIV: A survivor shares his story
Johnson , who is African American and heterosexual, was one of the first sports stars to go public about his HIV-positive status. Revered as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Johnson spent his entire season NBA career with the Lakers, helping them to win five championships in the s. He briefly returned to the Lakers for the season as head coach and made a short-lived comeback as a Lakers player in the season. Today, Johnson is a prominent spokesman for AIDS awareness and a successful businessman, earning millions from a range of ventures, including movie theaters and restaurants. He serves as an example of how a variety of drug treatments have transformed AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition for many people in the U.
When HIV first began infecting humans in the s, scientists were unaware of its existence. The medical community, politicians and support organizations have made incredible progress in the fight against this formerly unknown and heavily stigmatized virus. Infection rates have fallen or stabilized in many countries across the world, but we have a long way to go. Image via aids.