Not just sheer luck! Immune correlates of protection against HIV-1 infection

Luca Piacentini, Claudio Fenizia, Valentina Naddeo, Mario Clerici

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Susceptibility to HIV infection is widely different among individuals, and it is known that individuals can be identified who are repeatedly exposed to HIV but in whom neither infection nor disease are seen. The possibility that sheer luck is not the only determinant of this phenomenon begun to be considered in 1989 when it was reported that T cell responses to HIV proteins could be detected in antibody-negative sexual partners of known HIV-positive men. In this review we will summarize the body of knowledge that stemmed from that first observation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3002-3007
Number of pages6
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Jun 6 2008


  • AIDS
  • HIV-exposed seronegative individuals
  • Immune correlates of protection
  • Immunology
  • Resistance to infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • veterinary(all)


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