AIDS Immunity in Africa
jcherwon at dres.dnd.ca
Thu Dec 21 17:21:42 EST 1995
Last night (10 p.m., Wed., 20 Dec 95) on the T.V. program, "Journeys", I
saw an interesting documentary on the Winnipeg doctor working in Africa
(Nigeria?). He began a study on sexually transmitted diseases and as a result
of necessity branched out on the effect of AIDS in the prostitute population.
5% were HIV positive but AIDS negative, and there was a predominance (I don't
know how much, whether it's marginal or 90-100%) that these immune women had
HLA groups A69 and B9 (my memory may be faulty). The longer the women had been
in this occupation and the more the exposure to HIV, the more were their
chances of being immune.
I'm a bacteriologist, not a virologist nor an immunologist, but this
might be a good topic to discuss.
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