HIV came to NYC at least a decade before virus ID’d

DNA analysis of early viral strains tracks U.S. debut to early ’70s

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GOING VIRAL The HIV virus’s path to the United States went through the Caribbean, new genetic analysis shows. The virus (yellow, shown infecting a T cell, blue) hit American shores in about 1971, arriving in New York City first and then spreading across the country.

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