The day HIV was discovered – level 1

23-04-1984

In 1981, five men from Los Angeles have a strange disease. It isn’t possible to help them. These men are all homosexuals. They are on drugs.

Doctors discover that people give this disease to other people during sex. The name of the disease is AIDS.

On April 23, 1984, doctors say that the reason for AIDS is one virus. The name of the virus is HIV.

Later, doctors say that HIV comes from monkeys in Africa. Not all people think that this is true. Today, people don’t know exactly the origin of the disease.

32 million people die of HIV in the world.

Difficult words: disease (an illness), discover (to see something new), reason (why something happens), origin (the place in which something starts).

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