I'd believe HIV was engineered. Can't prove it...

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I often wonder whether we engineered it or nature did though I have to say I am leaning more towards man made for several reasons and as you said I cannot prove either or. Thanks for your feed back.

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Natural.

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If natural, in your opinion why was it discovered in the 1880's Vs. 1980's

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As I understand it,it was around long before the early 1980's,but largely dormant,then became activated,(again before the '80s) for reasons that have been widely studied,discussed and argued over the last 3 decades.

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The discovery of microorganisms occurred in the 1650's, logically speaking if we had the technology then, knowing how the disease is contracted and its symptoms; is it likely that it went unnoticed and unchecked for centuries. Knowing that other viruses and diseases like small pox, measles, mumps, flu, yellow fever, plague, ebola have been on record for years. How did we miss something as devastating as Aids and HIV? Just a thought.

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Yes,that thought has occurred to many,including me,over the years,and I guess that's where speculation comes into it.

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In deed, it is a curious thing and I appreciate your honest feed back.

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Natural way to eliminate weak.

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I will ask you the same question I asked another person. If natural, in your opinion why was it discovered in the 1980's versus the 1880's

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Maybe we couldn't detect it then. Or maybe it had to evolve into a dangerous virus, or it just never was contracted to humans before 1980.

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The discovery of microorganisms occurred in the 1650's, logically speaking if we had the technology then, knowing how the disease is contracted and its symptoms is it likely that it went unnoticed and unchecked for centuries. Knowing that other viruses and diseases like small pox, measles, mumps, flu, yellow fever, plague, ebola have been on record for years. How did we miss something as devastating as Aids and HIV? Just a thought.

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I don't know.

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It is a curious thing, and I appreciate your honest feedback.

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It is not genetically engineered.

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In your opinion, why do you think it was discovered in the 1980's and not the 1880's?

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"It was in the 1980s and '90s, during an explosion of scientific discovery into the basic mechanisms of viruses, that researchers began..." - http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Viruses-engineered-to-attack-themselves-4233236.php
Now that you mention the timeline it seems even more likely HIV was engineered: it was "discovered" during a scientific revolution of sorts which, referring to another answer, speaks to what we could do when.

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