"AIDS Treatment News" online * New Issue #302 (searchable/indexed)

F. Frank LeFever flefever at ix.netcom.com
Tue Oct 13 21:24:34 EST 1998

In <362177ef.466773006 at netnews.worldnet.att.net>
johnburgin at worldnet.att.net writes: 
>On Fri, 25 Sep 1998 11:27:34 +1000, Leonard Pattenden
><ddlpatte at mailbox.uq.edu.au> wrote:
>>On 24 Sep 1998 johnburgin at worldnet.att.net wrote:

 clinicians who can't
>>> understand why an HIV positive test shouldn't confer immunity like
>>> every other disease

I'm sorry, I don't have the patience to trace out the long, twisting
lines of authorship in this embarassing thread (much more heat than
light, much ad hominem, rare citations), but this statement caught my
eye.  I asked my gastroenterologist if my having antibodies to
helicobacter pylori was a source of hope.  I don't know if he
understands why, but he knows it does not mean immunity from gastric
ulcers.  I woonder if there are not a few other diseases for which a
positive test does not "confer" (imply??) immunity?

F. LeFever

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