Just as it seems that we’re starting to get somewhat of a grasp on handling AIDS, a new disease has appeared in China that has similar symptoms to AIDS, but doesn’t test positive for AIDS or HIV and seems to be much more contagious and faster acting than normal AIDS. Scientists haven’t pinpointed or named the disease yet, but I think “Super AIDS” sounds about right.
In 2008 Lin’s mother received a blood transfusion at a hospital. Afterwords, she experienced frequent night sweats, numb limbs, aches all over, creaking joints, rashes on her hands, and weight loss.
In May of that year, Lin accidentally became infected through contact with his mother’s blood. Fourteen days later, he fell ill with swollen lymph nodes on his neck, sore knees that made clicking sounds, and pain all over his body. He also started vomiting after every meal, and the left side of his face swelled up. In half a year, his weight dropped from 82 kilograms (181 lbs) to 52 kilograms (115 lbs).
Three months later, his wife and child developed the same symptoms.
Lin said he went to every major hospital in Shanghai, but could not get a definite diagnosis. He has taken the HIV test eight times, and each time the test turned out negative.
Then he found an Internet blog called “The Negative Group,” which he learned stands for “HIV negative.” He realized that writing on this blog were all people like himself, with the same kinds of symptoms, desperate to find a cure.
Several Chinese media have recently reported that the Department of Health of Guangdong Province has confirmed that people in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong have fallen ill after being infected with an unknown virus. The patients think they have AIDS, but they test negative for HIV.
The terrifying thing about this new disease is that while AIDS can only be transmitted through blood or sexual secretions, this new disease can be spread through any bodily fluid including saliva and sweat.