Will there ever be a Vaccine to HIV?

Robert S. Holzman holzmr01 at mcrcr6.med.nyu.edu
Thu Mar 2 06:44:57 EST 1995


In article <01HNMKPZ8IEO8ZFDCT at vaxc.hofstra.edu>, umfunk15 at cc.UManitoba.CA (Duane James Funk) writes:
>  
>         Not necessarily, sometimes negative effects to the host are
> necessary for the propagation of the parasite.  Take malaria for example,
> it kills 1 million a year, this is how the parasite can get transmitted
> effectively, by reproducing to large enough numbers that a subsequent
> mosquito bite will cause parasites to be taken up and transmitted to new
> hosts.  Unfiortunately this often results in the death of the host.
> --

Sorry but Malaria is an excellent example of the principle that the successful
parasite damages its host as little as possible.  Only a small proportion of
persons with malaria die (1-2%). most develop chronic or recurrent infection,
unless treated.




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