Historical perspective on HIV-exposed seronegative individuals: Has nature done the experiment for us?

Gene Shearer, Mario Clerici

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Abstract

Multiple and frequent exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) does not necessarily result in HIV infection. Approximately 15% of HIV exposed seronegative individuals repeatedly resist infection, a phenomenon that has been observed in all investigated HIV-exposed cohorts. This brief report provides a limited historic perspective of the discovery of these cohorts and outlines some of the immunologic and genetic parameters that are associated with resistance. We raise the possibility that assessing immunologic parameters of the phenomenon might provide insights that might be relevant for effective AIDS vaccine design.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume202
Issue numberSUPP.3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Medicine(all)

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