Research Debunks the Myth of HIV’s Patient Zero

One man has been blamed for the spread of HIV across the US: Gaetan Dugas. Often referred to as “Patient Zero,” he was characterized as a flight attendant whose promiscuity sparked the epidemic nationwide. Finally, research surrounding the origins of the virus have shown that Dugas, in fact, could not be responsible. According to Dr Richard Elion, the myth of Patient Zero was likely created because “it was too scary to think HIV was a general risk due to the vagaries of biology rather than a callous ‘bad guy.’” Read more at Science of Us.