Gaëtan Dugas revelation –  one step closer to the cure?

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Gaëtan Dugas revelation – one step closer to the cure?

With the recent announcement regarding the AIDS virus' "Patient Zero", are we one step closer to the cure?

The AIDS virus has been one of the most discussed and researched epidemics in modern medicine. Since its identification in the early 1980’s, AIDS has claimed the lives of an estimated 35 million people, with 1.1 million deaths in 2015 alone. As of yet there is no cure, although advancements in medicine have created ways to combat and subdue the illness. There is, however, a potential advance. Gaëtan Dugas, widely regarded as the “Patient Zero” of AIDS in North America, has been proven not to be the source. Dugas, a French-Canadian flight attendant, submitted himself for numerous tests and gave samples on the disease before his death in 1984. The belief that he was the first case of AIDS in north America led to intensive scientific focus around him, as well as high levels of media scrutiny; with some even blaming him for the outbreak of the virus. With the recent release of tests that prove he was not Patient Zero, is his name simply cleared or are we one step closer to finding a cure?

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