When did HIV come to the USA?

Researchers say the spread of HIV in the United States started in New York as early as 1970, and there was no “Patient Zero.” It didn’t start in Los Angeles or San Francisco. The spread of the disease also probably began a decade or more before the medical community clearly identified it in the early 1980s.

Who was the first person with HIV?

The first known case of HIV in a human occurs in a man who died in the Congo, later confirmed as having HIV infection (from his preserved blood samples). June 28, in New York City, Ardouin Antonio, a 49-year-old Haitian shipping clerk dies of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, a disease closely associated with AIDS.

What continent did HIV come from?

In Africa, HIV–the virus that causes AIDS–had jumped from chimpanzees to humans sometime early in the 20th century. To date, the earliest known case of HIV-1 infection in human blood is from a sample taken in 1959 from a man who’d died in Kinshasa in what was then the Belgian Congo.

Where was HIV originally found?

Pre-1980. It is widely believed that HIV originated in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo around 1920 when HIV crossed species from chimpanzees to humans. Up until the 1980s, we do not know how many people were infected with HIV or developed AIDS.