SIV Epidemic?

TRKeske trkeske at aol.com
Sat Sep 5 23:36:01 EST 1998


A question:

Everyone knows that there are AIDS-like viruses in the animal world: SIV
(simian), FIV (feline), BIV (bovine).

Is there an "SIV epidemic" going on (ditto for the others)?  
Is the global monkey population endangered?

Monkeys do not perform "safe sex" and are not monogamous.  SIV has 
been around much longer than HIV.  If HIV has spread so far, you would
think that SIV might be endangering the entire species, by now.

I can find no data.  Any information on this would be welcome.

Tom Keske
Boston, Mass.




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