CCR5 and Protection from AIDS
jmone at MARAUDER.MILLERSV.EDU
Mon Dec 7 09:46:57 EST 1998
OK, James Michael Howard. You appear to have a single data point,
namely a presumed statistical difference in testosterone levels and
decreased incidence of AIDS.
I'm not sure of your background in science in general, or biology in
particular, but it takes a bit more to establish a causal relationship
between two phenomenon.
Where is the data which definitively links testosterone production to
pathogenesis of HIV? One could also look at where most new AIDS cases
are appearing (Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and one would notice that
the majority of new cases in these regions are people with brown
hair!!) Does this establish a causal link?
If one looks at the incidence of HIV infection after a sexual
encounter with an HIV-infected individual, one sees that women are at
higher risk for infection than men for contracting infection. But
women have lower testosterone levels than men.
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