Includes bibliographic references (p. 205-228) and index.
The puzzle of HIV-1 -- Tracing HIV to its roots -- The primate connection -- From rainforest to research laboratory -- Timing the jump -- Vital first steps -- The epic journey begins -- Adapting to humans -- The challenge of pandemics.
"AIDS was first described in 1981 and just under three years later the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was discovered. Confirming that HIV causes AIDS--now accepted by virtually all scientists--took rather longer. But where did HIV come from? When did it first infect us? How did it manage to spread so widely?"--Book jacket.